Today is the day!
Today is the first day of our Red Fire Farm CSA, and the first day of our Local Food Challenge!
I am thrilled and nervous! And very excited to do the distribution!
Seeing as we have not had our CSA distribution yet, I can’t tell you what we’re getting from the farm this week. But I’ll post it over the weekend, along with our food that we buy, the local vs. non-local status, and all of that jazz.
For now, I will simply post our Challenge (although it is still on “our food challenge” page):
For One Full Year, Starting June 11th, 2010:
Every week we are allowed only 4 ‘slots’ of partially non-principled food. The rest must consist of food that fulfills all three of our principles:
- Supports food community/ small businesses
When selecting a food to buy we follow these criteria in terms of allowed amounts:
- If the food fulfills all three principles, it is unlimited in usage.
- If the food fulfills two principles, two units fill one slot.
- If the food fulfill one principles, one unit fills one slot.
- If the food fulfills zero principles, zero food of that item is allowed.
Some definitions to clarify:
- What is a ‘slot’ of food? It is the basic measurement or unit that the product is readily bought at. For instance, one box of cocoa powder, or one bunch of kale, or for bulk items 1lbs.
- Local– from New England (MA and Boston area foremost, VT, ME, CT, RI, NH and New York)
- Seasonal Eating– choosing food during points of time when it grows naturally in our area (i.e. no hydroponic tomatoes in january- even if they’re from Maine!)
- Sustainability– organic, IPM, chemical free (?), and practices that follow these certification guidelines very closely, but are not actually certified.
- Supporting Food Community– supporting small businesses, and businesses that contribute to a community and not a corporate conglomerate. Fair trade counts, as well as direct trade.
- Also, if we eat out once, this uses up 2 ‘slots’ of our weekly 4 slot total.
- If we don’t manage to follow our rules/guidelines for the week- we won’t starve ourselves in punishment.