How do I get started?

Signed up? That’s the first step. Pre-registration is going on now.  After May 1st the cost to participate goes up $5 to $30.  Visit the Sign Up page now and accept the challenge today.  There are 3 levels of strictness from which to choose.

In your Eat Local Challenge starter kit, you will receive the local food products resource guide which gives you a full list of all the foods that are in season, available, and where to buy them. In addition, each day in June,  three all local ingredient recipes will be posted on the ELC blog to give you ideas on how to take those ingredients and prepare great tasting, healthy, all local meals.  And remember, if you have a weak moment, you will have all active blog with participants your same shoes, posting and solving meal questions.  The collective strength of the rest of the participants can help keep you “on the wagon”.  For a full list of resources available, from starting your own edible garden to the locations of farmers markets around the state, go to the Resources overview page.

Ready. Set. Lettuce Eat. Its June 1st, and you have your New Orleans Local Foods Buyers Guide in hand and you are ready to start out on your path to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle….. or you signed up for this Eat Local Challenge and the thought of this geographic diet already has you starving and without a clue on how to proceed.

Option A: Visit one or more of the places that are selling local foods and see what they are offering.  Build your shopping list around it! Go to the “Where to buy” page to find a list of suggested places to purchase foods that will be grown caught or raised within 20o miles.  Below is the short list.

  • farmers markets, roadside stands ( most everything there will be locally sourced)
  • carefully select the local foods from the grocery stores ( the local food products resource guide will be a great help here).
  • start harvesting your own produce or journey out to u-pick farms

Option B: If you have the menu of what you want to cook and want to solve the puzzle of finding the ingredients or their substitutes, pull out your handy New Orleans Local Foods Buyers Guide find your targeted ingredients

Option C: The idea of menu planning and shopping already has you exhausted. Click on Participating Restaurants and see which local restaurants have menu options that call out to your taste buds.

Remember, three recipes will be posted on the website each day to help you come up with ideas.  The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook is also a great resource for recipes using local ingredients.

Not only will you be a healthier you, but by eating locally-produced food, you will also make an impact on the local environment and economy. Lots of fuel is used to transport food across country and from other countries. With a geographic diet, you are reducing your carbon footprint at the same time supporting local farmers, fishermen, and shrimpers.  That is a good investment.

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