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Local Food on a Budget:The $3-$5 Local Meal Challenge

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Local Food on a Budget:The $3-$5 Local Meal Challenge

chefbrian1 | Oct 28, 2009 10:15 AM

One of the things I hear about local food is that it is too expensive. Nay sayers of the local food movement use this argument to dismiss our efforts. So I am throwing down a challenge.

Introducing the $3.00-$5.00 local food meal deal challenge:

The idea is to create a $3-5 local meal

Why $3.00-$5.00? That is about the cost of a fast food meal.

Here are the rules:

Every ingredient has to be sourced locally, within 100-200 miles (with the exception of spices, salt, and baking supplies like baking powder, baking soda, yeast etc)

sweeteners must be local (honey, maple, michigan beet sugar)

Fat and veggie cooking oil also have to be local (no california olive oil, unless you live there)

The meal must be balanced and include a serving of protein, a starch and vegetables.

All items and costs must be itemized and posted

Items from your garden, gleaned or wild foraged count. Account the best you can for your garden veggies. For example your packet of seeds for lettuce may have costed $3 and provided 10 servings.

I will be posting my meals soon.

CB

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