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2013 Locavore Challenge: End of the Month, Beginning of Your Individual Adventure

1 Oct

October 1st is here, so we bid a farewell to the intensity of September 2013’s Locavore Challenge.  We don’t want you to stop being locavores.  We do want you to keep up the great habits you built, keep learning and challenging yourself to support local organic food and farms.  We’re not going to entirely abandon our communication with you all through the blog and social media, but this is the time for you to venture out and find your locavore lifestyle balance.  Seek out your locavore-positive moments, don’t obsess when it doesn’t bring you joy, and cherish each experience you have (the winter holidays are a great time to go out of your way to prepare a locally-sourced food, whether a side dish or a feast for 20 family members).  Keep in touch, and we will do the same!

Before you go…

NOFA-NY would like to say thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, restaurants, partners, and farmers that have made this a successful month.  Whether this was your first or fourth time pursuing the Locavore Challenge, we hope that you learned valuable information about eating local and supporting New York State organic farmers while working toward building a sustainable food system in your community.

Please tell us what you thought about this year’s challenge in this brief Locavore Challenge survey.  Your responses (entered by October 16th) will help us make next year’s challenge even better. You can also enter for a chance to win a cash prize.  Thanks!

Sarah's daughter inspects basil from the CSA before the pesto-making experiments result in some garlicky green goodness to stow away in the freezer for a chilly day's meal.

Sarah’s daughter inspects chard from the CSA. We can’t wait to see what other local vegetables she gets into by September 2014!

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People’s Choice Essay Contest

15 Jul

While we are inspired by reading the Locavore Essay Contest runners-up, there’s an extra bonus to reading these lovely pieces.  That’s right, you can vote on a People’s Choice award!  In late August, we’ll open up a poll for the chance for you to vote on your favorite essay.  The essay with the most votes will receive a subscription to Taproot magazine, as will one randomly selected voter!

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Join us on Pinterest for more #Locavore!

3 Jul

We’re pretty proud of our Pinterest boards celebrating local organic food and farming. We hope they’re helpful tools for you, as our pinning crew goes beyond pretty food pictures to help you find books to read, restaurants and markets to visit, and more! Our earnest promise, when pinning recipes, is to only use those recipes that already (or can) contain a reasonable percentage of in-season New York foods, or that highlight a particular local ingredient in a cool way. For instance, you probably won’t find pinned pictures of lemonade (lemons just don’t grow in New York, though it would be nice), but you will probably find pictures of apple cider punch. Check us out at NOFAis4farmers!

We’ve been using hashtags of #diylocavore and #makeitlocavore, along with our standard #locavore, to help you sort through information.  So if you’re a recipe hacker who likes to substitute and source ingredients, you’ll like the #makeitlocavore tips.  If you’re all about from-scratch and putting food away for winter, we’re pleased to help you out with #diylocavore recipes and projects.

Here’s a little preview of our board called Recipes for Local Products:Pinterest Locavore Board Screenshot

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