Where Will You Be on Your Locavore Challenge, 9/23/09?

September 22, 2009 at 9:05 am

Rob Gardner

Let’s cut to the chase.  I’ll tell you exactly where I will be on September 23, 2009 at around 530 PM.  I’ll be at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, talking locavore challenge.  Some of you at the Town Hall Meeting this Wednesday will be concluding your Locavore Challenge.  We will be there to hear how you managed going local.  How much of your food consumed in the last two weeks came from local sources?  How did you manage.

You could get your fruits and vegetable from Green City Market and all the other markets in the area.  Did you stop there?  You surely ate some local cheese, from market vendors like Joe at Brunkow or maybe just some famous Pleasant Ridge Reserve found at your gourmet store.  Your milk and cream came from Blue Marble or maybe the new Illinois Jersey cow dairy, Kilgus, available at Marion Street Cheese in Oak Park.  You found eggs from Emily and Dennis Wettstein, lamb from Henry’s Mint Creek.  Crystal of C&D Pastured Pork explained how to slow cook your way to a perfect local ham.  You realized your bacon could be Nueske; your sugar from Michigan beets.  When you tasted Melissa’s wheat-berry salad, you put Ackerman on your list for local grains.  You can come talk all about these finds, and the finds you found that no one else found.  How did you manage?

Let’s cut to the chase.  I’ll tell you where I will be on September 23, 2009.  I will not be winding down my Locavore Challenge.  I believe it important and worthwhile to challenge yourself to eat local.  I believe that by dedicating yourself and committing yourself for a few weeks, you get a flavor of living local.  You learn what can happen.  You see possibilities.  I also believe that after enjoying these tastes, you will want to come back for more.  On September 23, at the Locavore Town Hall Meeting, we will discuss not just how you managed, but how you will manage.

Great and exciting things have been happening in the local food world here in the Chicago area.  On the horizon are more winter markets.  There are plans in the works for permanent markets too.  Local fish gets talked about more.  I even know (and am damn stoked) about a plan to open a sustainable butcher shop.  The Local Beet has been putting content on the Internet for over a year, and we are just getting warmed up.  All around us, our community is coming together to meet our challenges.  We also, sometimes, do not realize how good we got it.  Last week, I heard raves about Green City Market from a Boston foodie and San Francisco chef.  Our Green City?  Yes, it’s that good.  We will all manage quite well in our ongoing locavore challenge.

Please come discuss the Locavore Challenge with us on September 23, 2009 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago) from 530 – 730 PM.  We’re going to feed you well with snacks dished up by great chefs like Paul Virant of Vie, Mark Mendez of Carnivale and Local Beet Contributor Pat Sheerin.  Where will you be.


One Comment

  1. Rob,

    Thanks for promoting the event. We definitely look forward to seeing you there! Unfortunately, the event is RSVP only and we are at capacity. But we encourage people to come out to the market at any time to discuss being a locavore with our producers and volunteers.


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