A locavore challenge!

Today is a new day. I realize that I'm taking you all on my journey back to serenity. I'm going one step at a time, the only way I know how. It's time to throw myself into some busy-ness that feeds my heart and soul.

Here's what I'm up to:

Planning meals around the food in my garden and kitchen
I've got purslane growing in the garden that I would love to use. Have you tried it? It grows in gardens as a "weed" and is anything but that. Many other cultures eat purslane and once you find out about the nutrient values, you'll see why. Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids (the good stuff!) than any other leafy vegetable. It also contains a boatload of Vitamins A, B and C. I've added it to tomato salads a few times this summer, and I'm ready for a new recipe. I'm thinking a vegetarian version of this recipe for Turkish purslane and lentil stew would taste delicious.

I've got some red potatoes to use and I'm looking for a new recipe. I prefer to eat them roasted, but every time I put them in the oven they stick to the pan. What am I doing wrong? I'm wondering if I should try this recipe tonight and see if I have better results.

Taking part in NOFA-NY's NY Locavore Challenge

Now this is something to get excited about!

I love challenges. They encourage me to step back and take a look at what I'm doing, then see where I can make some positive changes to bring me one step closer to where I want to be. I already am committed to eating locally, but it's always helpful to do an assessment of what that means and how I am doing. One of the best parts is that From Scratch Club is the Blog Sponsor, so you can look forward to lots of informational and timely updates from all of the locavore FSC contributors. Here's the beef, straight from NOFA-NY's website:

The NY Locavore Challenge is a month-long campaign is aimed at engaging consumers across the state in eating local organic foods. The goal for this campaign is to educate consumers about how to make healthy and ethical food choices, cook with in-season, local organic foods, while supporting local sustainable farms and food businesses.

Our 2011 goal is to involve 5,000 people in this year’s challenge, and bring the concepts of local, organic and sustainable more into the forefront of the general public’s minds. This year’s program is versatile, fun and FREE! Participants have the option of signing up for either a Bite-Sized, a Meal-Sized or a Feast-Sized challenge, and within these challenge scopes choose from a variety of different mini-challenges or events to participate in.

Choose 1 from each of the lists below to count towards the Bite-Sized Challenge
Choose 2
from the below list to count towards the Meal-Sized Challenge
Choose 3
from the below list to count towards the Feast-Sized Challenge

1. Grow, Cook, Eat
-Take a 250 Mile Day Challenge
-Take a 250 Mile Week Challenge (Counts as 2)
-Take a 250 Mile Month Challenge (Counts as 3)
-Shop at a Farmers Market, Farm Stand or U-Pick
-Dine at a Locavore Restaurant
-Join a Winter CSA
-Join a Food Co-op
-Eat (at least) 5 Servings of Local, Organic Fruit & Veggies per Day
-Cook with Local Oils, Grains, Meats & Cheeses
-Sip on Local Milk, Juice, Beer, Wine & Spirits
-Swap Sugar for Local Honey & Maple Syrup
-Try Food Preservation (Canning, Freezing, Drying)
-Go Foraging!
-Make Your Own Butter, Yogurt, or Ice-Cream
-Grow an Herb Garden
-Plant an Indoor Winter Garden
-Plant at Cover Crop in Your Garden
-Compost Your Kitchen Scraps

2. Join The Movement
-Like NOFA-NY on Facebook and/or Follow NOFANY on Twitter
-Blog About Your Challenge Experience (and send us the link!)
-Become a Member of NOFA-NY
-Attend a Locavore Event
-Host a Locavore Potluck on Sept. 25th (Counts as 2)
-Attend a Locavore Potluck on Sept. 25th
-Read a Locavore Book
-Host a Locavore Book Discussion(Counts as 2)
-Participate in a Crop Mob

3.Take Action
-Join the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign
-Lobby Your Food Store to Include More Local Product
-Ask Your Representative to Support Organic Farming
-Speak With Your School About Local Sourcing
-Start a Garden in Your Community or School
-Volunteer at a Farm or Community Garden
-Donate to the NOFA-NY Farmer Education Fund

Have you signed up? What will you choose from the list?


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About Me

My name is Jillian. I started this blog as a way to experiment with my camera and it's a become a nice little spot where I enjoy spending time. I'm a mother to 6 and 4 year old daughters, wife to a cool computer guy, and mama to a cuddly cat. We enjoy eating local, organic food; managing several food allergies; homeschooling with love; spending time in nature; and we love to take time each day to be creative. You can also find me over at From Scratch Club from time to time. Welcome!