Anyway, September 1 marked the beginning of the 2009 Milwaukee Eat Local Challenge. The point of this two-week event is to raise awareness for the beauty of local food. The Braise Culinary School summarizes well the top five reasons for becoming a "locavore:"
- Helps to support family farms
- Retains food dollars in the community
- Exceptional taste
- Unique varieties not found in stores
- Maximum freshness
- Grown locally instead of traveling thousands of miles
- Helps to sustain the environment
- Promotes stewardship of the land
- Nutritious and affordable
- Promotes healthy lifestyles
Just now, I had some of the best yogurt I've ever tasted (at least in the US) from Kalona Organics in Iowa (I am in Iowa right now). It's appropriately named "Cultural Revolution." It's the real deal. Sure, I probably had to pay a bit extra for it, but it was so worth it. I can't even eat the "normal" yogurt you find in the grocery store. It's too sweet and slimy.
Once you get used to eating local, you'll wonder why we ever stopped.