So my friend Amy over at Vegparadise found this challenge. Since I joined her in the no grocery store challenge, she figured (correctly), I was up for the task. Now we are up to this one: The 5th annual dark days challenge. Ok, this one is a bit of a twist: in winter, cook one meal a week with items only grown 100-150 miles from your home. Since I’m a pure lunatic, I’ve decided that I’m going to try for 5 days (15 meals) a week. I’m adding one caveat: my meat and cheese will come from the fantastic 8′Oclock Ranch in upstate New York which is 300 miles from my for a few reasons: they have humanely raised, organic meats and a fantastic CSA program I’m already a member of!
Now, I did get lucky in that I placed an order for dried beans from my current CSA from a western Massachusetts farm. There is also a great winters farmer’s market in Somerville and a decent one in Wayland close to my place. Finally, for staples like oh, eggs, I can rely on the Mass Food Co-op. Still, it will be a challenge. I mean, first, it’s New England: things like oats, rice, avocados simply don’t grow here. Fortunately, my canning
hobby addiction kicked in and I have a variety of items in jars and frozen for the winter.
For me, part of it is about supporting local farmers through the winter – but it’s more than that. When I leave in the dark and come home in the dark, it’s easy to want to hit a drive thru and head home to curl up. And yes, there will be pictures, it’s part of the challenge. Have I mention yet that I created a root cellar in my storage unit? Hmmm. What can I say? I hate the grocery store!