Eating local can be tough — sometimes convenience, costs, and time get the better of us, and we end up buying products from many miles away. According to Lowcountry Local First’s website, the food we eat travels an average of 1,500 miles before reaching our plates. Wanna do something about it? Sign up for this month’s Eat Local Challenge, a challenge designed for locals to eat more locally sourced foods. It’s free to sign up — you just have to pledge to shift 10 or more dollars a week to the local food system. Coinciding with the opening of the Charleston Farmers Market, there’s no excuse not to participate in the challenge and buy your food from local sources. Lowcountry Local First’s Misty Lister speaks to the communal aspect of the challenge: “We are asking farmers, restaurants and other people taking the challenge to post questions and pictures on the Facebook page.” The Facebook page is open, so even if you aren’t participating in the challenge (but c’mon why wouldn’t you?) you can learn about local opportunities and vendors. Lister says that a little over 200 people participated last year, and that the group hopes to grow to 600 this year. While the Facebook page and group emails are designed to help you in your journey to eat local, they’re also supposed to spark personal ideas about what you can do for the local food system. Participants complete a survey after the month-long challenge, and on May 16, at Dirt Works farm, Lowcountry Local First will host an after party of sorts for everyone who participated in the challenge. Participants will get to hear the economic impact their buying local had on Charleston. Sign up today!
Price: Free (with a minimum commitment of $10 to local food)