Today was an eye opener for me. As I was running around managing the 12 South Farmers Market, and literally sweating off about 5lbs – I realized that I am part of a huge and important movement. To bring local food to urban communities is something that is incredibly rewarding. Despite the weather being close to 100 degrees the turn out was amazing.
When my husband and I came home, exhausted and drenched with sweat we looked at each other and said “So, what do we eat for dinner?” Then we quickly phoned up our favorite Thai place and ordered take out. This is when I had a revelation: reality bites. Here I am an advocate of eating locally, just spent 6hrs with the most amazing access to local food and I am ordering Thai?!
The cold hard truth is that eating locally is a lifestyle, and it’s tough. You actually have to spend some time outside in the heat and shop for your food and then you have to prepare it when you get home. I can’t tell you how many times I have thrown out local produce that went bad just sitting in my fridge. It’s hard and it’s frustrating.
So is it worth it? YES! I whole heartily believe (with a belly full of pad thai) that eating local is a worthy and vitally important change that we must make. With any movement, change is part of the process. Sometimes that change takes a long time, and is usually uncomfortable. I am reminded of one of my mother’s most insightful quotes, “Don’t let the best be the enemy of the good.” Re-read that. Learning to eat locally is messy, and sometimes you eat take out pad thai and that’s OK. We are on a global journey together and every step counts. Movements are called movements for a reason, they move and take us to new places everyday. I am proud to be a local food advocate that recognizes that sometimes reality bites and I am still moving in the right direction.