For two Saturdays now, we've been at dinner socials and had to turn down some delicious-looking meals as part of the eat-local challenge. But we did get to sample some homemade mead at the home of Les and Mary Marlowe in Pulaski. Les makes the honey wine out of honey, yeast and water. (He's in photo at right). Mead was common in the Middle Ages in Northern Europe in areas that could not grow grapes.
At the end of the month, I’ll tally what we spent on food and compare it to our grocery tab for the previous month. Offhand, I’d say we're spending a bit more on groceries but saving overall on food expenses. We haven’t dined out for lunch or dinner and bought no processed snacks like Pop Tarts, Cheetos or candy bars.
I found a few Web sites and bloggers in other eat-local challenges across the country. In one, discussion concerned the “privilege” of eating local food, because it’s seen as an option only to those with the money and mobility to get it. Some people are addressing this by trying an “eat local food on a minimum-wage income” challenge. That would be a challenge.