The rules are that there are no rules. Create
your own. We encourage you to set a goal that
includes eating more local food than you do now.
For some people that might look like “I will eat
100% locally, with the exception of salt & pepper.”
And for others it will be more like “I will try one
local vegetable from my farmer’s market each
week.” More is a step in the right direction.
Let us know what you’re doing! Send us a
Remember,the Eat Local Challenge is
individual and not a contest.
The point is to challenge yourself – to see what you
can live without and what new sources of foods you
can find – and to enjoy. It’s really about thinking
local first, doing what you can – and looking for
local alternatives that support our communities and
economy. Even small changes made over a period
of time can have quite a measurable impact.
It’s about setting aside a special time for
The Challenge is about taking time each year to
reflect on what we choose to eat and our impact on
the world around us. When we eat with intention,
we can choose foods that are good for the health
of our bodies, communities and the earth. Mindful
eating is also about taking time to share our food
and ideas with our community.
Here are some questions to consider as
you define your goals:
- How are you defining local?
- How much of the food you are eating will be
- With whom will you share local food?
- What will your exemptions be?
What do you want to eat that isn’t grown
anywhere within your local area?
For example, you might decide to buy only fair
trade coffee and to use olive oil.