These peas are hard. These potatoes are big. And I want me some cereal.

I was pretty pumped about eating locally.

I was also pretty sure I could do it easy peasy.

Small potatoes- go to farmers markets and don't buy hostess cupcakes. Done and Done.

Except, not.  When I'm stressed out about homework, work work, and stupid theater activities that involve staying up 24hrs...I need chocolate, and all bets are off.

AND YEAH OK PETER (brother) obviously I can't just delve into local eating, and yeah fine MOM I'll do my research, and yes yes yes WORLD I am not super woman and I bought me some chocolate. So there are you happy?

No?

Well, neither was I until I breathed and reminded myself I needed to consider maybe scaling back.  Maybe until the end of October 80% of all my food will be locally grown. That sounds reasonable.

If only I lived in California, then I wouldn't have cheated at all...Looking at packaging you realize how many things we import from the lover-ly Cali, although I bet they get their stuff from somewhere like Florida because unfortunately that's the way it goes. We have these things in the state but we import them, seems counter intuitive. I mean, we don't have EVERYTHING, but I'm willing to do some exploring.

SO 80% is the goal then I will increase it to 90% and then right around December (hells yes Holiday season) I will go for the full 100. 100% food grown within 100 miles, totally doable.

My boyfriend scowled at me when I said I was doing this, he retorted with: "You're a student, do this when you have time " I responded with "THAT'S THE POINT!"

There is always going to be something and in such a great city I am sure I can find the resources to pull this off...without going too insane.

First on my list: research. Second on my list: find out how I can get rice chex my favorite food, and ultimate staple...I may fail at #2 but #1 is going pretty OK.

Explore Chicago has been a great resource in finding out my local market options, here are a few I plan to check out:

  • Green City Market, 1800 block of North Clark St: Lincoln Park: W/Sat 7-1pm (YEAR ROUND, WOOO!)
  • Glenwood Sunday Market: 6950 N Glenwood : 9-2pm (What up right down the street!)
  • Andersonville: Berwyn b/t Clark and Ashland: Wed 3-8pm
  • Edgewater: Broadway and Norwood: Sat 8-1pm
  • AND OF COURSE LOYOLA FARMERS MARKET: Sheridan and Albion: Mon 3pm-7pm (I volunteer with breakdown every Monday, and I'm snacking on the cucumber I just bought there but a few hours ago! DE-LIGHTFUL)

Now, I know Farmers Markets won't sustain me...BUT it is a start, and it is nice to see there are year round markets close by, as well as ones that go late because lets face it I am 21 I am not going to wake up at 7am if I don't HAVE to...aka if I don't have homework due that day I'm going to at least sleep til 9!
Ok, so I am feeling a tad more calm about my guilt chocolate, and a bit more enthused to start keeping track of what I buy and where it is from.
-I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

Till next confessional...I mean post.

-Studious Student

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    Read Robin Mather's The Feast Nearby. She shows exactly how can eat locally and very well on a budget.
    Also check out the Evanston Farmers Market. If you volunteer at Henry's Farm you get to take home whatever veggies you like. Lately, that his included lots and lots of tomatoes for freezing or making sauce for winter. http://www.brockmanfamilyfarming.com/our-farms/henrys-small-family-farm.html

  • In reply to Terra Brockman:

    Thanks so much for the tip! I actually was an intern for a little min. at Teresa's farm over the summer (so fun!) and I LOVE the Evanston market, unfortunately it hasn't worked out with my work schedule lately.

  • I wanted to add the Dill Pickle Food Co-op to your list. A cooperatively owned full-service grocery store that tries to focus on local, organic and socially responsible food. It's located in Logan Square at Fullerton and Sacramento, and may not be an easy hike to do regularly. But it might be helpful as we try to have as much local stuff on hand as possible. This includes produce, but also some processed foods. Oatmeal and salsa for example. Also, we have local eggs, but they are pretty expensive. Maybe as an occasional luxury?

    If you are really trying to stick to 100 miles you might want to ask before buying though. We label things as local that come from as far as 250 miles away. The staff will always be helpful about tracking down food or information for you if possible as well, which can be really helpful.

  • In reply to bejer19:

    I have recently rethought the 100 mile stipulation- DO YOU KNOW HOW SMALL 100 MILES IS!?! I don't know I'll hash it out in my upcoming post. Also thanks for the tip I will def check it out! I love finding new little stores and the more to explore the better.

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