Sunday, April 10, 2011
Get Ready for another 7 Days 100% Local
Posted by Jason Lucey
7 Days 100% Local, redux.
7 days doesn't seem like it should be that hard. It's only one week. How hard can that be. I think it would not be hard on its own. But when you add in the 100% local part, things change.
Most people are aware of local food.
Many people choose to eat local food.
Hardly anyone goes 100% local. And by 100% I mean 100%. Every ingredient in every food item sourced locally. No added salts. No packaged yeast. No spices. No lemons. No cultured enzymes. No coloring. No added anything that wasn't sourced locally. That makes for a lot of "No"s.
The thing is, there is a lot of ways to make products from local sources, and we just don't. For instance, if you want to make cheese you need rennet. Vegetable rennet can be made from thistle. Thistle grows like crazy in the Northwest. Why doesn't someone start a thistle farm, press the juice out of it, make vegetable rennet, and corner the Pacific NW cheese market?
Another example. Vinegar. We got the apples. We got the wineries. We don't got vinegar. Why? Someone needs to take that last step and make vinegar. They'd own 100% of the local vinegar market.
Salt. A subject close to my heart. We have a whole ficken ocean of salt just across the valley. But no one has thought to set up a commercial kiln and corner the PNW salt market. Why? Local salt would be a snap!
Commercial yeast. Yeast is in sooooo many things. Why is there not a yeast producer around here? Maybe that is a little more work than vinegar, but come on. It can't be that hard.
Anyway, we're getting ready for the 7 Days. I think we'll do a very similar plan to last time.
Breakfasts -- hot cereals. eggs and toast.
Lunches -- finger foods. Nut butter and jelly sandwiches. Leftovers.
Dinners -- Meats and veggies. Savory custards. Frittatas.
Desserts -- Simple sweet custards.
No client lunch meetings.
Seems simple, but when you start deconstructing everything you eat, it becomes harder. That's part of the point, I guess. I'm glad it's only 7 days...
I'm excited that there are a bunch of people joining us this time.