[box] I thought a nice way to send 2011 packing would be to go in depth and review how I did with each of the 11 goals that I set around this time last year. For the next two weeks or so, you’ll see one of these a day. Some I totally rocked, some, not so much. I’ll end it all by sharing with you my goals for 2012. [/box]
Goal #9: Eat more locally.
Did I achieve it?
I wouldn’t say this was as huge of a success as I would have liked it to be, but we definitely did (and are) eating more local foods than we were last year. So that, I consider a victory! Just like last year, we signed up for a CSA from a local farmer, but we also added in a meat share of local meat. On top of that, we went in and split a whole cow and whole pig from a local farmer with my family. Our freezer is stocked with amazing, delicious, responsibly raised meat and that makes me very, very happy. Last year at this time, we’d have a few pieces of local meat, but mostly still regular organic stuff from the megamart. It feels nice to be supporting local farmers who are doing right by their animals.
We also expanded our garden quite a bit this year and were able to harvest a lot of great foods from that. You can’t really get more local than your own backyard! I had a big plan to do a lot of preserving and canning this year to keep up our local eating in the winter, but that fizzled out after the first batch of pickles. I hope in the future to have an amazing canning kitchen and food storage room.
As far as our rare times dining out, we made sure it was a priority this year to dine in places that were locally sourced. This is very easy in our Bohemian little town and was a fun challenge when we were traveling. We even managed to find a locally sourced restaurant in the Baltimore airport this summer!