Today is National Food Day! Hooray! In honor of this day, I’m launching a new project, the Local Eats Project.
Recently I learned that less than 1% of all food purchased in the U.S. comes from famers markets. I want to boost that number! This is the BEST quality food available and too many people are missing out. Food from farmers markets is far more nutritious – for our bodies, our minds, our wallets, our environment, our economies and our consciousness.
The Local Eats Project works like this: Once per month I will cook one meal made from 100% local foods, including fat/oil and as many fresh herbs and spices too.
I will share the recipe here on Sparkle Kitchen to keep me accountable and to show how simple it is to create a fabulous meal from seasonal ingredients.
These are the ground rules:
- Cook one meal per month using only local, seasonal ingredients.
- Support local farmers by purchasing directly from them at famers markets.
- Only use vegetables, meats, eggs, and fruits sold at local farmers market.
- Salt, spices and fat/oil are the exception and can be purchased elsewhere. (Bonus points if these are local too, like lard, suet and schmaltz.)
- Share it! Post the recipe, photos and cost of your meal on your website or any social media site and share the love of local food. #localeatsproject
Are you up for the challenge?
AND if you need more convincing for why to eat and buy local, read my article here.