The Time is Almost Here!
Final tune-ups are in order for this coming weekend to get ready for the August 1st start of the Local Food Challenge. After our visits to local farm markets, etc. This weekend we'll have the basis of the first week's menu in order. Hopefully it will be organized enough to post it here.
I was checking out the blogs of some of the other participants and saw some comments regarding the usefulness of the channeling. Eventually I'll comment on those blogs, but I wanted to make a statement here on my own first. I think some people are taking the challenge way too seriously. When comments are being made about participants being "elitist" or "food snobs" I recommend not bothering to defend against that sort of thing. Everyone has their own agenda and ideals for doing the challenge and I don't see anything negative about anyone's efforts. You can set your own standards and then try to live by them. My own wife asked me "what happens if we fail?" I said "nothing!" I don't think any punishments are going to be doled out at the end. Its just an effort to try to learn.
My own agenda is to examine the feasibility of using local products on a regular basis throughout the year. Not just farm produce, but also prepared foods. Even if the ingredients of those foods are not local, as long as they are made on a small scale and are produced in NJ they're fair game (no pun intended) in my book. I'm thinking that people here in NJ have no idea of the diversity and quality of the locally produced food products and it can't hurt to try to get the word out. For the most part in our efforts to source food we've found great stuff that we never knew about and I've lived in NJ for most of my 47 years. These producers are great at what they do, but for the most part they are bad marketers and salespeople. If I can help them in some small way that's a good thing. It's not easy sometimes to get our hands on these items, because they are spread all over the place and as I pointed out in a previous post, driving around is not fun. However, it is worth it short term just to experiment. Maybe some comments by others along the way here will help some producers come-up with better local marketing strategies.