by Lyn Adamson
Last year, Powell River made history by hosting the first annual 50-Mile Eat-Local Challenge. 253 people pledged to add more local food to their diets for a period of 5 weeks. 11 people went all the way, aiming for 95% of their food from sources within our local food shed. The 95% option still allowed for a guilt free cup of java (hopefully from a fair trade company!) and the occasional spices not found in our area.
Was it boring? Far from it!
People shared stories about meeting their neighbours, traipsing gravel roads to find farm gate sales, slicing zucchini to make pasta, and learning to enjoy the fresh diversity that is available right here in our own backyard. Friends swapped recipes, and a number of 50 mile diet dinners were hosted. Even some restaurants got in on the action, with The Flying Yellow Bread Bowl featuring 10-mile Soup, Local Loco’s putting on salmon specials and the 5th Ave Bistro cooking up a local dinner special every Friday night during the challenge period.
People from around the country and beyond were curious about our project, with the Tyee featuring the challenge in their 100 Mile Diet series. From that exposure, we were dubbed the Eat Local Capital of North America!
This year, we’re on again! And it promises to be bigger and better. Over 400 people have already taken the pledge and add more local fare for the 6 week period from August 11th – September 23rd, ending at the celebration of farmers and growers at the Fall Fair. Read more »