Reality Bites

 

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.

 

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7 Responses to “Reality Bites”

  1. Tori (Fresh Fruition) June 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Eating locally IS a lifestyle. It can definitely be tough. We’ve been buying a lot of local produce since I’ve been home for the summer, and we find ourselves trying to incorporate the little bits of produce leftover in the veggie drawer somehow. Unfortunately sometimes things go bad before we figure out how we want to use them. It’s a challenge! But I try to keep at it, since it’s so much better in so many ways (including taste!)

    • Mary Crimmins June 9, 2011 at 1:51 am #

      It really it worth the effort and the struggle. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kim De June 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    I wouldnt worry too much. As much as I love to cook from scratch there is something about eating out, having someone else serve you and do the cleaning…. besides I bet the Thai restaurant you ordered from was “local” :D

    • Mary Crimmins June 9, 2011 at 1:52 am #

      I know it, it was local and delicious. Balance in all things :)

  3. Terrie June 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I agree that eating local hard work. The good news is…the longer you do it, the easier it becomes. It rarely even crosses my mind to go out anymore. On days when I don’t want to cook or need something quick, I usually make a quick pesto pasta, eggs, or fried rice with whatever’s in the garden.

    Also, fried rice is a great way to use up all those veggie odds and ends in the fridge!

    Here’s a link to my post about meal planning…if you’re interested. http://www.green-cityzen.com/in-the-kitchen/meal-planning/

    • Mary Crimmins June 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

      Terrie, you are exactly right. With any new habits – they get easier with time. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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