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Friday, August 11, 2006

I just want some f-ing, g-d f-ing PEANUT BUTTER to put on this TOAST!!

Let's have a ten day check in, shall we?
How's everybody doing out there?
Are you like me and about to go nuts for nuts?

Lately I am in full recognition of the futility of this exercise and thinking it's less fun. Then I think about all the people all over the world that eat the same old shit everyday and feel really ashamed to be hollaring about wanting peanut butter and chocolate covered gummy bears. So now I'm sucking it up, and since variety is the spice of life, I am going to have to work really hard this next week to dream up some creative solutions to my redundancy problem. Anyone having any awesome meals?

That being said, what are people missing? Anything you think we could grow locally? We at the Intervale are keeping a running tab of things we could have but don't because they're not available. I'd love to gather all of your insight on this for our "market research."

Also, anybody cheated? I won't name names, but I've seen some soda drinking and some gelato eating as of late, which I fully support 100%. What is life without a fancy tipper in your sipper with the sun going down over beautiful Vermont on a clear August night?

So as we round out week two, let's check in. What's happening out there in localland?


At 6:41 PM, Anonymous angela said...

yeah, i had some super local gelato last night at pizza on earth to top off my wheat belly from total local pizza. eggs from their chickens, monument farms milk, mint from the garden. oh yeah so it had some chocolate chips and a heaping spoonful or two of sugar.

i also cheated at the vt fresh network forum by eating red hen bread. but does that even count? i mean of course it counts, but come on.

things i love about the eat local challenge:
**grocery shopping with new purpose.
**cooking a lot.
**creative cooking.
**eating delicious lunches.
**curbing my sugar intake and realizing i really don't need dessert every day.
**taking charge of my consumption with direct communication with growers and producers.
**sharing meals with localvore friends.
**realizing i didn't eat as locally as i thought.
**learning a lot about myself and my relationship with food.
going on adventures in search of ingredients.

things i don't like as much:
**feeling limited...not the right word exactly. not being as flexible and up for going out to dinner/for drinks or accept a coworkers offer to share in her homemade lunch.
**100 miles seems so arbitrary.
**i feel like a hoarder at times.
**impulsive snacking. this is simultaneously a pro and a con.
**missing nuts and chocolate and ginger and tamari and quinoa and fruit juices.

will the good parts stay with me beyond the challenge?

thanks for the check in mandy.


At 7:57 PM, Blogger greg davis said...

i have to have dessert everyday.
its a genetic thing.

also i had a VT pop soda last night and it was delicious. i wish i had a gallon of it right now. will call it a wild card.

At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Guys-

I'm getting over my peanut butter craving actually- I've resolved to try to grow peanuts next year. I grew them as a kid; should be able to do that now. Course that was a lot south of here.....but hey, global warming is happening.

I'm actually enjoying this a lot- the first 3 days were the worst. I wasn't very organized in the beginning and hadn't worked out any grain, plus the first few days were really hot so I didn't want to cook. Now it's much better.

RE: cheating. Yes- out of hunger I suppose. I was on the run and hadn't eaten for hours and was heading out to do Farmers' Market- so I grabbed a slice of pizza- it was disgusting actually. I couldn't finish it and got a stomachache from it. I think my body is really liking this good local food. In fact, I've decided to continue it indefinitely with a few exceptions-chocolate, coffee of course, olives, dates, walnuts- that sort of thing. Plus pot-lucks/dinners with friends/occasional eating out. Basically, mostly local at home. Now I have to eat up all of the non-local stuff I've got(after August of course)- and it looks less apetizing every day....

BTW- whoever you are- who walked off with my loaf of Trukenbrod Spelt bread at the coop in WRJ that was at the register- that was NOT very nice- hope it was moldy or something.......;)

At 7:25 AM, Anonymous angela said...

yes, today i hope to take inventory of my general exceptions beyond the month of august. because eating this way really does feel amazing--inside and out. it will be helpful for me to visualize what i am really missing in the form of a list.
now i'm off to prepare an all local breakfast for me and gabby to share. yum, saturday mornings!

At 7:48 AM, Anonymous mandy said...

I agree that there is something nice about this, and I have found that eating sugar isn't actually as fun as I thought it was, but nuts, tofu, miso, lentils, chickpeas, balsamic vinegar and a wider variety of whole grains are a must for me, so long as we can get 'em in this neck of the woods. I ate some brown rice at my class (an exception I made before the challenge - to eat as my class does), and I felt so energetic and alive! If nothing else, the challenge definitely helps clarify how different foods feel in your body, and the junky ones feel, well, junky. And for me, so do butter and eggs. I am looking forward to the return of my low fat, vegetarian diet, that's for sure.
Good to know people are feeling good.
Peace - Mandy

At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi mandy,
i was actually enjoying the challenge until i got really sick from eating so much diary.(i'll save the details) now i am forced to change to as close as possible local vegan challenge. NUTS would be great!
oh and...
i cheated while camping this weekend but it was on flatbread so i don't feel that guilty.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger plentyo'moxie said...

that peanut butter comment hits home - haven't cheated (on peanut butter - but went to a pig tasting (farmer friends got their first butchered -) and they had locally made bread which I chowed on). We exempted everything already in our house - no stocking up. Ran out of peanut butter on Day 1.


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