For the first two Eat Local Challenges, August in 2005 and May in 2006, I proved to be a maniac. I jumped in with my mouth wide open.
I made some mistakes, sure, and I even temporarily "resigned" from the 2006 challenge — only to get back up on my high horse. Frankly, I can be rather annoying about my local habit.
It changed my diet. It changed my cooking. It changed my shopping.
So there's really nothing much for me to accomplish this month by signing on.
Oh, wait, there is! The theme of this month's challenge is "preserving food." I have food that needs preserving, and I need to learn how to go beyond merely saving it in jars in the fridge and plastic bags in the freezer.
So I will personally take the opportunity to learn to can this month.
But I'm still not signing on.
Really, it's just too, too easy for me. I don't want to become a bore.
This morning I walked out into my backyard and "foraged" local, preserved plums.
Nano-local prunes. Lying on the ground under the tree.