Challenge Update

by Jen Maiser

This post falls under the "admin" portion of this blog.  Just a couple quick notes.

1) If you have a blog and have posted a challenge announcement, please email me the link.  The summary post will be going up on Friday.  If you have emailed me and haven't heard back, I have your email and am processing it.  Sorry that I haven't written back to everyone individually!

2) If you have a blog and are interested in a ELC logo, go here to choose from our variety of logos.



SF Guide to Local Cheeses

by Jen Maiser

If you are not from San Francisco, do not continue reading this post.  It is one of those annoying posts that proves the bounty of our area.

Stephanie Lucianovic is a fellow Bay Area Bites contributor and the author of The Grub Report.  I read Stephanie's writing long before I ever met her, as she was the author of one of my favorite posts ever: "How not to act in a cheese shop."  She also works at one of the Bay Area's finest cheese shops.  This shop is known nationwide for supporting artisan cheesemakers and seeking out the best of small production cheeses. 

I asked Stephanie to give us a guide to the cheeses available within 100 miles of San Francisco, and the SF Guide to Local Cheeses was born.  Please continue reading for the list or click here for a pdf of the guide.  All of the cheeses in the list are available at Cowgirl Creamery.

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Spicesby Jennifer Maiser

One of the largest areas of disparity during last year's eat local challenge was how participants chose to deal with spices.  Some did their best using only the spices in their local foodshed, some put spices in their exceptions, and some adamantly used spices from outside the area stating that spices have always been foreign, and they weren't going to try and change that with the Eat Local Challenge.

How are you going to address spices during your eat local challenge?

I have not completely decided about this, and am fairly torn about what to do.  On one hand, the Bay Area has a good enough variety of herbs, some spices (mostly chile powders), and condiments that I should be able to do without outside spices. 

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10 Reasons to Eat Local Food


by Jennifer Maiser

Eating local means more for the local economy.  According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy.  When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.  (reference)

Locally grown produce is fresher.  While produce that is purchased in the supermarket or a big-box store has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks, produce that you purchase at your local farmer's market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase.  This freshness not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time.

Local food just plain tastes better.  Ever tried a tomato that was picked within 24 hours?  'Nuff said.

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