Wednesday, June 15, 2011

thirty days to howl

For breakfast today I had three scrambled eggs from my hens. I topped them off with a little bit of Cabot cheese. A dash of pepper and the bit of milk and I had a perfect start to my morning.

On the way out the door at lunch I grabbed a few strawberries and some snap peas from the garden and while at Wayside got a packet of Damn Good beef jerky and a small serving of cheddar.

Dinner was a small salad of greens from the garden, mashed potatoes, and skillet-cooked beef stew pieces with a salt and her rub. I used a little cheese on the potatoes too.) It was all delicious. I drank it with some cold, hard, cider and felt that buzz of protein and alcohol that wins highschool football championships.

So why am I telling you this?

Because today was Day 1 of my thirty-day eating local challenge. A personal challenge to eat all my meals (condiments and coffee excluded) from the Veryork area. It will involve a lot of cooking, gardening, animal harvesting, and more. I'll document it here, and be as honest as possible about the extra work of mid-week bread baking and garden panic (my lettuce has some sort of root rot from too-wet soil).

It'll also mean some sacrifices (good bye Diet Coke and Gummy bears). I'll be eating from my backyard (literally and figuratively) for the next thirty days, and not for the reasons you are thinking. local economies, peak oil, greener living, animal welfare...those are all good reasons to roast a backyard bird and plant a garden, but I have something else in mind.

More tomorrow.


Blogger Keith Ferrell said...

I thought gummy bears were condiments.

June 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

i love gummy bears!

June 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

you do see the irony of DIET coke and GUMMY bears - right? he he he

June 15, 2011 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

Awesome!!! I am happy if i get all of one meal of part of the others from my own backyard. I will look forward to reading about your next 30 days.

June 15, 2011 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

How are you going to give up diet coke??? It scares me to think about it.

June 15, 2011 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Kudos! This is something I've been meaning to try, but haven't worked up the nerve. In July/August it should be easily do-able around here. (And might I add what a great way to kick a bad diet coke habit!) Good luck!

June 15, 2011 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Rock on! :)

June 15, 2011 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Dangerous Dreams Farm said...

I did that for a whole summer and survived. In fact, I was quite depressed to go back to eating the horrible stuff that passes for food at the grocery stores once the local growing season was over. My goal is to one day produce the majority of the food I eat, even during the winter.

June 16, 2011 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

I finally quit diet coke last month! It was really hard, but once I did it, I was feeling a lot better. That stuff seemed to make me crave a lot of sugary stuff. Good luck with the whole plan.

June 16, 2011 at 2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you. That's a challenge that I'd like to take on in our home. Thank goodness for the local Farmer's Market as well as my garden.

June 16, 2011 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

Cheater! You can't except coffee... If you can withhold coffee from yourself, you ARE AMAZING! I couldn't!

June 16, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

What a cool challenge! Can't wait to see where this takes you.

June 16, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Good idea to give up Diet Coke- Aspartame just isn't good for you and is probably more harmful than we know.
I too had Cabot cheese on my homegrown fried egg as a sandwich on a hamburger bun, not homemade, this morning.

June 16, 2011 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger judy said...

Will you be thinner or fatter in 30 days that is more than i eat in 2 days but then I'm sure you wear it off easy!

June 16, 2011 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Mountain Man said...

I'm trying the same thing with my garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers and edamame here we come!

June 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Coley said...

I feel ya on the gummies! They are my down fall!

June 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

What a great challenge & personal commitment. I too swore off diet coke about 6 weeks ago, I can't believe how much better I feel.
I just made an asparagus quiche for dinner last night, I made homemade crust, my friends asparagus (I don't get enough yet), eggs from our veterinarian's free range chickens, but I did have to buy the cheese. It was fantastic!
I am really looking forward to the bounty of our garden, I think this is a challenge we should all try to commit to. Good luck.

June 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

I don't drink may I keep the Diet Coke? Seriously, I am really, really trying to eat more locally since I read the book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", but I guess I'm addicted to Diet Coke because I haven't done any better than to cut back to three (GULP) cans a day. I'll try harder.

Good luck with your project...I'll be watching to see how it goes.

Diane in North Carolina

June 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger jen said...

Do I sense a new book coming??

I gave up the Diet Coke habit a year ago - so glad I did! I am also (slooooowly) eating more local. I don't have much of a green thumb, so I definitely need to make some improvements! I am in the Pacific NW, and our growing season is so short. A new greenhouse should help this year. Can't wait to put it into use. I'm also building some top bar beehives, and I can't wait to harvest my own honey! You have totally inspired me to do all these new things, Jenna! Thanks!

June 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger E said...

Plain old goodness is a great reason for local food.

Wishing you all the best!

June 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger ~ Janis said...

I have started eating from the garden: asparagus by the pail full and radishes by the bushel.
Neighbor trades me fresh eggs for asparagus and radishes. I have also signed up for a chevre cheese making class so I can also utilize another neighbors plentiful supply of goat milk and honey. Lots of great bartering going on up here in these that hills!

June 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM  

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