Yesterday marked the first day of a Local Food Challenge happening here in our hometown of Vancouver.
The Foodtree Team has jumped on board and we’re all trying to eat fully local this week.
What Is Local Food Challenge Week?
If you’re in Vancouver, you can jump on board to support the cause, and the Growing Chefs organization that brings hands-on gardening and cooking experience taught by local chefs into the classroom to educate children about growing and cooking food.
Thing is, you don’t have to be in Vancouver to participate in something like this.
The simple act to trying to eat local for a week is something that every food lover should try out at some point. It’s challenging, so don’t beat yourself up for running into issues here and there, but you can use the experience to learn a bit about your local food community. Where can you get local food? Which restaurants support the region’s producers?
What is actually seasonal near you?
The Freebie Rule
Pulling something like this off and feeling like you’ve succeeded means you’ll need to give yourself a few freebies each day.
Here at Foodtree, we drink a lot of coffee and tea. These are hard to come by on a local level, so a few of us are using our freebies each day for our caffeine fix, and occasional chocolate indulgence.
Oh, and by the way, it’s probably easiest to do a local food challenge during the late summer when a lot of different foods are in season. Check out Vancouver’s seasonality chart.
Here and here are some inspiration and ideas to get you started, and keep an eye out as we tweet our meals from the Treehouse!
Have you ever eaten local for an entire week?
What was the biggest challenge?
We’re happy to share with you an upcoming challenge from the good people at Growing Chefs, which we’re encouraging anyone, anywhere to take part in however they can.
Growing Chefs is a non-profit in Vancouver that runs a Classroom Garden Program in elementary schools to get kids excited about growing, cooking, and eating good, healthy food. At Foodtree, we’re well aware of the critical importance that children play in the evolution of our food system…parents are responsible for feeding their kids, and often that mandate heavily influences their food purchases and diet.
In addition, educating children on the nature of real food can be an effective way to influence their health throughout their lives.
To raise money to support their cause as well as to increase awareness of local food producers, Growing Chefs is having a Local Food Challenge week, beginning August 14th.
You can find all the details here, and if you so choose you can set a fundraising target to benefit the organization.
It’s like a 5k or 10k for charity, but less running and more eating!
- Sign up today to eat local from August 14th to August 20th. Create a profile and campaign on their nifty new pledge site. Set a fundraising goal for yourself. Ask your friends and family to pledge you by using the new site.
- Join up as a team, business, or family. Share the fundraising and local eating challenge among your group. You can each take a day to eat local and raise money for Growing Chefs!
- Pledge one of the participants.
- Spread the word! Share this challenge on Twitter, Facebook, and via email.
- Make a general donation to the campaign and help them meet their goal! (Please note, as a registered non-profit, they are unable to issue CRA tax receipts).
Using the Foodtree App during the Challenge
Our free app makes it easy to see what kind of food is fresh and local in your community; open it up and check out the What’s Fresh screen. You’ll see the most recent food photos shared near you, as well as where you can buy the food itself.
Taking photos while you’re shopping at the farmers market is another way to get involved; help people determine the kinds of foods available to them locally, as well as where they can find it.
If you decide to take the challenge, let us know via these comments or on our Facebook page. We’ll be having a special event at the end of that week that you won’t want to miss!
This waitress obviously uses Foodtree to answer their questions.
via @nyehezkel & Portlandia.