Our Eating Local group is growing. Our last meeting was at 111 Main
in Galena, where we enjoyed meals that came from local producers.
Jack Coulter and Ryan Boulton, his chef, spoke with the group about
the concept of emphasizing locally grown food and the process of arranging
with roughly 25 local suppliers.
Jim Mantey has agreed to set up the next Eating Local get-together
for March. Jim will be arranging for a guided tour of a local grocery
store (which potentially may get the store more interested in selling
locally grown foods). Following the tour, people who are interested
can adjourn for a meal at a nearby restaurant.
People have expressed an interest in an Eating Local newsletter,
so we will be soliciting input for the first newsletter in the near
Lisa Schoenrock sent along this idea about an interactive website
for connecting farmers with consumers. According to an article in
the latest issue of Hobby Farms, the people of Plymouth, New Hampshire
are logging on for local food. The idea was born out of a meeting
of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, whose members meet
monthly to discuss energy conservation.
It was decided that the majority of home-energy use is spent on
trucking in food from faraway locations. The program is called Local
Foods Plymouth (www.lfp.dacres.org). Participating farmers tell program
coordinators what they have available that week, everything from dairy
products and produce, to maple syrup and baked goods. They also tell
the coordinators how much they would like to charge for the products.
The coordinators indicate online what is available. Consumers go
online and make purchases with a credit card. The food is delivered
to the Local Foods Plymouth booth at the weekly farmers’ market
and consumers pick up their prepackaged, already paid for, orders.
According to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the
average food item travels 1500 miles from where it’s grown to
someone’s table. Efforts are being made in many communities
to organize and create more local eating opportunities. For more information,
type in "eating local food" on the worldwide web.
If you are not yet on the email list for the Eating Local group and
would like to get involved, please email