The Locavore challenge: "Join the Longview team in a month of local food appreciation, as we challenge ourselves daily to resist cheap, mass-produced food and instead to embrace the bounty of our region here in southeastern Pennsylvania. Connect with local farmers and producers and learn how you can make your food dollars count."
A locavore is a term used to describe someone who buys goods and services from close to where they live. Some people only buy/use goods and services from within a 30-90 mile radius. Some people try to search out local items first, then go with the best they can find. Buying food close to home typically means you eat seasonally and sometimes you get things you have never heard of before. It makes for a fun adventure. If you love food, being exposed to fresh and new ingredients makes cooking a lot of fun.
Eating locally is much easier once you have already been through a season, since you can preserve herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, fruit- anything that you could get a bunch of in season. Drying, freezing and canning all work.
Eating locally is also easier if you belong to a CSA and like to cook. You can get a weekly share of veggies/fruit/cheese/milk/meats/vegan products and then you have to use them. You kind of get the hang of stir frying, roasting and steaming what you have so it does not go to waste. Longview has a CSA that you can check out here: http://www.longviewfarmmarket.org/longview-farm-csa
To find other CSAs and local businnesses check: http://www.localharvest.org/ or http://www.wissahickongrowinggreener.org/useful-resources.html#ShopLocal
My trip to Longview today was great. I had lots of samples- Bobbis pizza hummus, a ginger shrub drink from Tait Farm foods (apparently shrubbing is a way to preserve fruit as a drink mixer) and some sweet potato pie. I also came home with 2 cookies, some Natural By Nature Milk, cheese and snacks for the Superbowl.