Friday, December 21, 2007

The adventure in "localtarianism" begins

a tangerine - citrus is in season in the winter (but not local for me - not sure I could do without it though)

I've always had an interest in protecting our environment and in cooking good, healthy food. Thus, when I go grocery shopping, I try to buy organic and natural whenever I can. Since reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, it's gone to a new level, far beyond the organic/non-organic question. This book really opened my eyes to some of the ways that our (U.S.) food system is very messed up, and some ways to help heal it. A large part of this healing is to buy locally and seasonally.

So, I've decided to be more aware of where my food comes from and make more conscious decisions about what, and where, I buy it. I want to buy locally as much as possible, and learn how to eat seasonally too. This is going to be a big change from how I usually think about food. For example, when I set out to write my grocery list today, I started with recipes that I had in mind, then wrote down the ingredients I needed to make those recipes. I'm sure that's how most of you do it too. If I'm to make a conscious choice to eat locally and seasonally, I'll have to somehow work that in reverse by first finding out what ingredients are available to me, then make a meal plan and find recipes built around that availability.

Like many of you, I'm an urban apartment dweller, what can I do? I don't even have a yard to plant a garden in, or a much of a green thumb anyway, much less a small farm out my back door. I don't even have a decent pantry or freezer. What can I do? Thus this blog is born! I thought it would be helpful for me to write about my journey of "localtarianism", my frustrations and successes as I find out what, indeed, I can do. And maybe it will also be helpful to others who care about the health of our planet, and good food too. I'll also be posting about recipes, meal plans, shopping trips, books and other resources. And, since I'm an artist, I'll include appropriate drawings and paintings like the one above from time to time.

And hopefully there will be some sharing of advice and stories with other bloggers too.

Please join me on this adventure!