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Eating Local in a Small Town

After my great success shopping at the Milwaukee Winter Farmer’s Market, I was left with a question.  How hard would eating local be in other areas, especially in smaller towns?

As it so happened, we had time booked this weekend in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.  With a winter population under 1000 (which swells enormously in summer), it is more of a resort area than a typical small town.  But shops that don’t do enough business in winter close their doors until spring, so I decided it would still be a reasonable way to research this question.

Greens & Grains in Egg Harbor
Greens & Grains in Egg Harbor

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Am I the Ant or the Grasshopper?

As I prepared to eat locally all winter, I couldn’t help think about the old Aesop fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper.  Do you recall the story?  Per Wikipedia, “The fable concerns a grasshopper that has spent the summer singing while the ant worked to store up food for winter. When that season arrives, the grasshopper finds itself dying of hunger and begs the ant for food. However, the ant rebukes its idleness and tells it to dance the winter away.”

All possible political and moral messages aside, I had to wonder.  With my late start on this local eating adventure, would I ultimately end up like the grasshopper and run out of local food?  And what other local food would be available then?

winter farmers market
Winter Farmer’s Market  

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Local Rice… and a Science Experiment

As November draws to a close, it marks a new milestone in my eating local project. In addition to completing our second month of eating local, we’ve successfully celebrated our first holiday, Thanksgiving–hooray!

Does that mean it’s all a piece of cake? Not a chance.

Local Rice
Local Rice

In my darker moments, I admit to wondering if we’ll starve this winter (pretty sure, not) and to mourning the staples we miss (at least a few). But I still haven’t given up on finding new local treasures.  Continue Reading