It is amazing how creative you have to get when you try to buy local. And how quickly you realize the pitfalls.
This weeks lesson: locally made does not mean locally grown.
I came across some expensive but 100-mile flour: "Anita's Organic" fresh stone ground 100% Organic grains (http://anitasorganic.com/) from Chilliwack, BC. There was a lot to choose from so I picked up some Whole Wheat Flour (2kg for 9.99) and Spelt flour (6.99).
The bag reads "Milled and Mixed" in Chilliwack, "fresh ground top-quality BC and prairie-grown." Not bad!
Now the test will be to compare this local pricey flour against the generic import goods. Guess who's doing a blind taste test at their BBQ this weekend!
In other efforts to stay local I looked into Olive Oil. There were a few places in BC that MAKE the oil, but the olives are shipped in from Greece. But I haven't given up yet!
So far our garden has been hugely successful in producing delicious lettuce. The cool summer weather is definitely helping, though it would be nice if it warmed up so that our tomatoes start! (by the way, does anyone want some starter plants! Pretty soon I will be buried in my little seed projects!) Sweet peas are a-podding and basil is a-sprouting. But what the heck is the broccoli doing???
After transplanting the tomatoes from inside seedlings to outside plants the leaves turned a bit white. The first transplant group are completely recovered with really hardy growth beginning, so I think that it was simply the shock of the move that affected the plant:
And finally... I picked up some local eggs- 2km local! I think they were still warm from the chicken.
I think that my first 100 mile challenge end product will be chocolate chip cookies... whose hungry?