The Eat Local Challenge, Day 7

This morning, I was off to a great start. (To make up for Labor Day weekend, I want to be really good for the remainder of the challenge). Breakfast consisted of:

* A mug of Alterra’s Favorite Coffee with a splash of milk
* Toast (2 slices of Cyrbos 7-grain bread) topped with Blackberry Jam from The Fideler Farm (bought at the Wauwatosa Farmers’ Market)
* A Pristine Apple from the Nieman Apple Orchard in Cedarburg, WI

My Semi-Local Lunch

Back in July when we were going through that heat wave, I froze a ton of Black Bean Zucchini Gazpacho using this recipe from Taste of Home. It features tons of local veggies like zucchini, onions and tomatoes.

I defrosted some for lunch today (obviously not enough by the look of this picture!). I also had some Greek yogurt with a banana (both not local) but the honey and granola on top were).

When I got home for work, I had some watermelon from the West Allis Farmers’ Market and a side of homemade vegan pumpkin bread I made a month ago and froze (I freeze everything!).


After running 5 miles, I came home to find B cooking dinner (yahoo!). I stopped by a farm stand on my way home from work and picked up some green peppers, eggplant, green beans and tomatoes. B made pasta with fresh veggies, leftover fish from last night, garbonzo beans and fingerling potatoes on the side (I wish I snapped a picture of this, but I completely forgot).

After dinner, I spent the night preserving some local peaches and tomatoes I bought at the farm stand (the peaches were from Awe’s Apple Orchard in Franklin, WI). Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where I’ll show you how I did it.


P.S. I almost forgot one of the most important events of the day! Erik from WTMJ/620 AM radio interviewed me for the Eat Local Challenge. He asked me about the benefits of local eating, the difficulties I’m facing and tips on eating local. It should be on air within the next few days. I’ll keep you posted!

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