In addition, I have taken an Eat Local Challenge at, well, “Eat Local Challenge“. Regular readers know that my blog is all about kid stuff. As if Whitney Houston hasn’t had enough trouble, I’m going to rip her off and re-work one of her songs (in your head, hear her voice singing, not mine; it’s awful)
I believe that children are our future. Feed them well, and let them lead the way.
These Eat Local challenges are as much for my children as they are for me. You know already that I try and involve my kids in our food preparation as often as possible. I want my kids to know where their food comes from, or as we say around here, “Know The Dude That Makes Your Food” (or dudette as it may be, but that doesn’t rhyme).
I also want you, my readers, to get involved too. I have organized a fun way for that to happen. I contacted several local food producers and asked them to donate prizes for an “Eat Local” contest. I am SO SO SO excited for all of you; there are some great prizes including coupons for free food, t-shirts, dolls, gift certificates to restaurants, and more!! These companies were very generous in their donations and you’ll read more about each of them over the next two weeks.
In addition, I will be chronicling my experience with the Eat Local Challenge. How ‘local’ can I get? Will my kids, husband and I like what we are eating? Will it be more expensive?
I’m a pretty crafty cook, so I will be sharing recipes with you all too. I have also started an “Eat Local” ‘meme’; which is where I ‘tag’ other bloggers to create one meal using local foods from their area and report back so we can see what they came up with.
I want to get a few questions out of the way. First, you may want to know if I am doing this for any type of profit. The answer is no; the companies have donated goods for YOU; I am not being paid at all to do this.
The second, and much bigger question is why am I doing this in general. There are many good reasons to eat local. I have my own. I have long considered the Grand Rapids area a place that you not only are a resident; but a citizen. I consider this a positive value that I want to pass on to my children. Also, in an area that has been pummeled by job loss and plant closures, eating local is one easy way to make a difference. The financial impact of eating local is clear.
Please join me in whatever way you are able. Read along, play the contest, and ask around to get more information about where your food comes from. Stay tuned; it’s going to be a great two weeks!