Thrive's Eat Local Challenge Week starts this Friday, September 10th and will run through Sunday, September 19th- although hopefully you will be motivated to continue incorporating more and more local foods into your diet year round. It is a fun-filled week celebrating the delicious bounty of locally-grown food in the Rogue Valley. By taking the challenge and participating in the week's events, we will all learn about our "food shed" and nurture our valley's agricultural economy.
When you take the challenge, you are making a difference in preserving our local agriculture system. Not only does local food mean better taste and more nutritional value, but supporting family farmers builds a stronger local economy, and lightens the ecological costs of long-distance food transportation.
There are four levels of the challenge that you can sign up for:
- A Supreme Locavore- All food consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles (I even agree to give up coffee, chocolate and non-local spices).
- Locavore- All foods consumed during the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles (but I still want my coffee, chocolate and non-local spices).
- Taster- All food consumed during the one meal per day throughout the week will be grown, raised or produced within 200 miles.
- Sampler- All foods that I consume during two meals throughout the week will be grown, raised or produced with 200 miles.
There are an abundance of events scheduled throughout the week centered on being a locavore: