Have you caught wind of the eat-locally-in-August challenge? Life Begins at 30 is flogging this idea, and the rules are fast and loose, if you so desire.
I resisted the notion for a while -- mainly because I'm not much of a joiner, but also because I already do eat very locally for the most part (that's a double-cut ribeye steak from Marin Sun Farms in Point Reyes Station, for example), so it wouldn't be much of a challenge.
Another reason: Both my parents have August birthdays, and I usually go down to Escondido to celebrate. Yes. Escondido. Where the temperatures in summer are surely beneficial to local crops, but where most produce arrives at stores on refrigerated semis from you-have-no-idea-where. So it would be hard to comply, even if I wanted to. (Yes, there are farmers' markets in San Diego County -- even the wonderful, if ridiculously overpriced, Chino Farm road stand. But my mom and dad don't go to them. Oh, I guess if I restricted my diet to avocadoes and tangelos I could pull it off...)
But this year I'm skipping the b-day festivities, largely because my tomato plants need daily attention, and also because our condo roof is being replaced in September, which suddenly seems like a good time to be out of town.
So I'll be around in August, and these will be my goals and priorities:
1. Food will come primarily from Marin County, though I'm perfectly happy to allow a 100-mile distance for things like stone fruit from Capay Valley and fish from the ocean. And if it happens to be 100.5 miles, who's to know?
2. It won't bother me in the least if my morning cup of tea isn't locally grown. I doubt I'll be putting any local tea growers out of business (are there any?) by sticking with Twinings. Ditto with bread. I patronize local bakers, but I don't think Marin has much of a wheat crop.
3. This will be the hard part: I'm going to aim for every meal being local. But it's a given that I'll dine out once in a while, and I can't imagine marching into a restaurant kitchen to inventory the provenance of all their food items.
I know one thing for sure: The tomatoes will come from a 100-foot radius.