Over the past few months, there’s been talk about where Minnesota Locavore is headed, how things could/should be different, what was the best part of the past 6 months, how to know what’s really important to be writing about, etc. Some good, some bad, but all related to a conversation that keeps coming up. Over and over I’ve had friends and readers tell me: “I read the blog all the time. Your posts are great and I love the pictures. But honestly, I wouldn’t cook anythingÂ you make. The food is just too weird.”
I should probably fix that, huh?
Since then I’ve tried to step back and re-evaluate why I’ve poured 6 months of time and energy into writing recipes, editing photos, and figuring out what the heck HTML stands for. All those days when I came home exhausted from a full day of work only to have a full night of blogging ahead. Â I even set-aside my strong nauseating distaste and started tweeting. Why? Because I believe in local food and think everyone else should too.Â
Yes. Â When stacked against my friends, family, and the rest of America what the kitchen partner and I eat is really weird. We shop at farmers’ markets and have a freezer in the garage. Â We can our own jam and we don’t drink soda. But if I know anything about first-grade playground rules: Weird doesn’t always mean bad. Â It’s just weird. Â And you shouldn’t tease the weird kid until you’ve tried being weird yourself.Â For all the doubters I’ve talked to recently here’s my proposition. Â Before you write off local food, be weird with me.
Beginning November 27, I’ll be participating in the 5th Annual Dark Days Challenge, sponsored by Urban Hennery and Not Dabbling in Normal. Â It’s a locavore eating challenge (prepare one 100% local meal per week, each week until March 31, 2012) designed to get us through the toughest winter months. If you can eat local in the Dark Days, the rest of the year will seem like a culinary cakewalk. Not DabblingÂ posts weekly recaps of the challenge including recipes, themes, giveaways, and lots of opportunities for kvetching about how all you really want is mac n’ cheese and marshmallows. Â If your interested in registering for the challenge, find the info here.
I have big plans here at Minnesota Locavore for Dark Days posts, including challenging some the doubters above to join in. This includes kitchen take-overs for the doubting friends I mentioned earlier, and exploring the menus of some more seasoned locavores. If your interested in playing a part, to “be weird with me” and give local food a try, comment to this post and we’ll be in touch.
Happy local eating!