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Join Us for the Dark Days Challenge

November 10th, 2011

I’ve always wanted to join Urban Hennery’s Dark Days Challenge, but for some reason I always found out about it after the deadline to sign up was over. This year, I asked Laura about it a few weeks ago and she said she wasn’t going to do it because she was too busy. I offered to host the challenge at Not Dabbling where we have a few extra writers to take on some of the workload. So the challenge is back on – YAY. Knowing many of you are local, seasonal eaters already or interested in giving it a go, I thought you’d enjoy joining us.

Sunday, November 27th, 2011 to Saturday, March 31st, 2012. By joining the challenge you commit to eating one meal per week comprised of 100% local food (local being 150 mile radius from your home for this challenge). If you’re interested, head on over to Urban Hennery and sign up. We’ll be doing the recaps on Not Dabbling and you’ll be hearing about my Dark Days meals here. We’ll be doing special themes and giving away prized at Not Dabbling along with recaps for all the people joining us each week as well. It’s a great way to challenge yourself to eat locally, give yourself something to blog about each week, encourage creativity in your cooking, and of course increase blog traffic because we’ll be linking to you in the recap posts.

Do you think it’s easier to eat locally during certain times of the year in your area?

13 Comments to “Join Us for the Dark Days Challenge”
  1. Kathi Cook on November 10, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Can I participate without a blog?

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    • Susy on November 10, 2011 at 7:42 am

      Yep, just leave your recap in the comments of the recap for your area.

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  2. Sofie Dittmann on November 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

    i think it’s easier to eat locally in the summer. that said, our freezers are so full of “leftovers” from our last venture that we have to go through those first. will be following your endeavors here, tho. :)

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  3. Victoria on November 10, 2011 at 7:49 am

    This is much needed motivation…I often foget that eating locally includes proteins to. This is a great push to get to my local butcher!

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  4. DeeDee on November 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I’m signed up!!!!!!

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  5. farmgal on November 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I have signed up, and I put a link up already on my own blog, with a big thank you to everyone that is helping make this happen!

    I am greatly looking forward to it,

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  6. goatpod2 on November 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Yes, in a way it is hard to get local grown food since we eat mostly veggies and vegetarian type foods here.


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  7. Donna B. on November 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Mmmm… cast-iron skillet with roasted carrots and potatoes… I could eat that right now!
    I *want* to sign up – although my winter crops were nearly killed off by our noreastern last week. So nothing but arugula from the gardens!
    I live less than thirty miles from rural farm land – so there should be some local stands left to goto before winter. That, and I really should be checking in with our local butchershop to see where he sources his meat… then I’d know where to get my protein then!

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  8. Leo on November 10, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I would have loved to join this activity if I was in your area. But, I would love to do it here as well. I would be eating locally for some days. I think it is interesting and sometimes gives more food ideas from our own locality. Keep sharing your great ideas!

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  9. Fred on November 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I am so excited to be participating for the 2nd year in a row and look forward to reading what others are cooking up!
    I find it was much harder to eat locally throughout the winter here in greater Boston just a few years ago, but it is getting easier and easier as bigger and better winter farmers markets pick up in our area. Many of the local restaurants source as much food as possible from local sources as well, typically rotating their menus with the seasons.

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  10. KimH on November 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Wow., well, I can commit to eating a partially local meal at least once a week.. not sure about the entire thing. I probably could easily into mid January, but after that, it’d be iffy I think..
    Guess I’ll have to think about this & talk to some local grocers..

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  11. MAYBELLINE on November 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    How about 150 yards? Most of my stuff is out in the garden or in my pantry. Of course, being in snow bound climates would make that challenge a bit tricky. I would like to encourage anyone to start simply with a package of seeds to taste the difference; but I also understand that not everyone has a passion/talent for gardening. Then, take the taste challenge with local vs. other.

    Now that I think of it…skip it. My farming friends here in California encourage you to enjoy as much California grown produce and meats as possible.

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  12. Alyssa on November 10, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I’m really nervous to commit, I’m afraid I’d fall off the bandwagon and that would be disappointing! We only eat local meat anyways and the dairy is easy too (all though extremely expensive) We might be able to manage with vegetables and with fruit (apples, pears and things frozen from the summer) but oils, vinegars, flour, spices and any baking related items are off the table. Maybe one night a week of potatoes and eggs wouldn’t hurt…wait, we do that all the time.

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