I’m starting to get a little uneasy about the the Pennywise Eat Local Challenge.
For starters, look at the Harvest Calendar for the Greenmarkets. Go ahead, put your finger on April and trace it all the way down.
Root vegetables and apples.
And maybe mesclun.1 Great.
So, I did some looking around on the Eat Local Challenge site, and found the following:
If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.
If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.
If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.
If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Fair Trade.
At first, it seemed reassuring… then I thought about it more.
Wouldn’t most family farms be considered locally produced? Are there some multinational family farms I don’t know about?
And if this is the eat local challenge, why would organic peaches imported from, say, Chile trump conventionally-grown domestic peaches from Georgia?
I think for this Eat Local Challenge, my own hierarchy will be:
- Locally produced and/or family farmed.
- Locally made products.
- Locally distributed products.2
- If all else fails, organic and/or free trade products; preferably domestic, but imported as a last resort.
I still think this is going to be tough, but I think I’ll make it.