100-Mile Food Challenge
June 21, 2008 – June 20, 2009
Top Reasons to Eat LOCAL Foods
You'll get exceptional taste and freshness.
You'll strengthen your local economy and community.
You'll support endangered family farms.
You'll safeguard your family's health.
You'll protect the environment.
This poster was originally displayed at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair Café
and Grille, June 2007
The Door County 100 Mile Food Challenge Sponsors
Greens 'n' Grains Natural Food Store
7821 State Highway 42
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
86 W. Maple
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Farm Market Kitchen
520 Parkway Street
Algoma, WI 54201
Wildwood Market at Carlson's Island View Orchard
2208 Wildwood Road
Ellison Bay, WI 54210
C&C Supper Club
Fish Creek, WI 54212
8240 Highway 42
Fish Creek, WI 54212
The Bistro at Liberty Square
7755 State Highway 42
Egg Harbor, WI 54209
As spring turned to summer this year (2009), the Door County 100-mile Food Challenge came to an end for several Door County residents. A year ago these locavores entered into an agreement with themselves and Sustain Door, Inc. that they would increase the incidence and/or duration of sourcing their meals from growers and providers within a 100 mile radius of the borders of Door County. Some participants chose to increase their local eating by one meal a week for the entire year. Some chose to eat exclusively local foods during the months that the farmers markets in Door County were open. The parameters of each individual's Challenge were self-determined.
Now that the year has passed, the Door County 100-mile Food Challenge participants are able to use the information gained during their research of local food sources to continue their intentional eating in a less structured manner. They also have identified some areas of difficulty as regards the availability of local foods and wish to report these to the wider community with the hope that some of the gaps in local food distribution might be closed with local economic development and agricultural initiatives. The gaps and recommendations follow.
Sustain Door announces the Door County 100-Mile Food Challenge to celebrate the foods grown in abundance within our community. We invite residents of Door County to spend a period of three months to one full year seeking out and consuming only those foods which are grown and processed within a 100-mile radius of the borders of Door County, and to record their experiences in the Challenge Journal.
Locally grown, in-season foods are more nutritious and flavorful than foods grown far away and eaten out of season. Finding and consuming locally grown foods enriches our bodies while enriching our community through the support of its valuable farmland and food producers. Consuming healthy, locally grown foods reduces our reliance on fossil fuels while protecting local food sources needed to sustain ourselves in times of shortage or other emergencies. When farmers can sell their produce locally, fewer chemical inputs are needed for preservation and extension of shelf-life. Consumers know the producers and can assure themselves that safe farming practices are followed
The 100-Mile Food Challenge has an educational purpose as well. By recording and sharing our experiences in finding food sources, we will be helping the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Extension Office identify gaps and unfulfilled consumer needs in our local agriculture.
Participants in the 100-Mile Food Challenge will set their own goals and parameters. Some will choose to eat local foods exclusively for four consecutive seasons. Some will commit to cooking one meal a week which is completely locally sourced. Some participants, for reasons of health, happiness, or practicality, will exempt particular foods from the challenge. Any plan is acceptable as long as it is a significant challenge to the individual and helps to further the goals of increasing both the incidence of local food consumption and public awareness and education about sustainable agriculture and local food distribution.
White corn from the Oneida Agricultural Community
When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in Door County will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations.
Sponsored by Sustain Door, of Door County, Wisconsin, USA firstname.lastname@example.org