I was working in a kitchen full time and, as most people on the final leg of a much anticipated journey, just ready to shake hands and be done with it. It took a long shift, a few beers, and a class catalogue to figure out the path of least resistance to a passing grade for upper division english. I decided on food writing. I still remember looking at my college transcript going into my final semester and thinking how the hell am I going to pass.
Fast-forward three months later to final paper time, I went with an analysis of the book “The 100 Mile Diet.” As it could be assumed from the title, the book involves someone who restricted their diet to food grown within a 100 mile radius. I couldn’t tell you chapter titles or even the authors last name without looking it up (Alissa Smith and J. B . MacKinnon) but know that, unlike most of my required reading, I could tell you exactly what the book what about.
Five years later I find myself standing in a snowstorm just to score my first jar of local raw honey of the season, I have long since run out of my half gallon stash I hoarded away in the fall. No, honey is not an acronym for something else, it is just as it sounds, raw uncut honey. It was at that moment during the Eco-fair last Saturday the snow stopped and the sun came out, all over Jacksonites were taking off their puffy jackets and putting on their Croakie secured Ray Bans….
It’s summer time
By no means was “The 100 Mile Diet” a life changing read, but as a chef, hummus slinger, and farmers market enthusiast, I 100 percent respect modeling your diet off of sourcing the freshest ingredients.It is more then just eating good local food because that tastes better then crappy mass produced food, you are supporting your local community. It’s one big happy circle. Shopping at our local farmer’s markets are one of the best ways to embody this happy circle, not to mention have an awesome time and look damn good in those Ray Bans.
I will be writing articles about the opportunities we have to pad our Locavore diet here in the Teton Valley and the producers and chefs that make it possible.
The Eco-Fair usually marks the beginning of the Farmers Market season, luckily for us we don’t have to wait to much longer for the next one. Friday the 16th marks the 8th annual Locavore’s Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Downtown Driggs Community Center. Best of all for Jackson folks, there is a free bus leaving from Albertsons at 5 and Stilson at 5:15 that will return when the event is over. Locavore’s offers a great venue for people to meet some of the local producers and source produce and meat straight from the farmer or rancher. If nothing else, enjoy some local beer, wine and food from local chefs. The raffle isn’t looking to shabby either including farm shares, a leg of lamb, gift cards to Teton Vally restaurants, and other great foodie prizes.
Come out and be a Locavore this summer and beyond (beer counts too).
Dishing would like to welcome Chris to the team. We are excited to have him on board to help with sales, client communication and as a blogger for us too!