Chasing the 1%s
Life Check: Honestly evaluating how things are going right now—the good, the bad, and the moldy.
I’m starting the fourth month of eating local food for a year. The excitement is definitely wearing off. The driving is getting tedious. But the food is still undeniably better.
It’s time for a check in with myself and you all. Why am I doing this? What is the end goal? What will happen after a year?
I started the switch to local food because I think local food is better food. And I think everyone can eat local food.
My end goal has been gradually crystallizing over the first three months to become more concrete. I want to prove that anyone can eat more local food, and I want to show exactly how to do it.
Right now I’m in the middle of a lot of the hard parts of reaching that goal. I’m streamlining farm shopping, honing non-wasteful uses for what I buy, and exploring the nutritional impacts of all our food.
In April, the percentage of local food we bought went up just one percent to 48 percent. I wish the change had been greater, but at the same time, that tiny growth amount shows just how hard making this change is.
And that’s why I’m doing this. That tiny, one-percent difference is why I’m taking a whole year to change my family’s food and tell you how we did it.
Because eating a lot of local food right now is a little too hard, too expensive, and too complicated for everyone.
Who is everyone? We work jobs, we have a budget, we are caretakers, we have a social calendar, we have cravings, we have knowledge gaps, we have goals, we are busy.
We need a way to stay connected to our food and know where its coming from and still carry out all the responsibilities we hold.
And I think that’s something worth getting to the bottom of.