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?
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.
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