The world has certainly grown smaller over the last few decades. Our food, especially in the West, is shipped to us from all over the place. For example, a trip to my local supermarket in Shetland presents soft fruits from Spain, fresh herbs from Israel, lemons from Argentina and lamb from New Zealand!
Lamb all the way from New Zealand?! A quick look outside my window shows me a field full of lambs, why are they sent from New Zealand? The effects of this mass transport of food has global implications. There is an unfair global distribution of food and the environmental damage caused by this transport is alarming.
This is in addition to the loss in food quality that occurs during transport. Vegetables harvested thousands of miles away lose much of their vitality by the time they get to your plate, whereas a courgette from your local veg box, harvested and eaten on the same day, is bursting with nutrition.
We don’t need to look thousands of miles away for produce as there is a wide array around us. Each of us have a favourite local producer, don’t we? Mrs. Smith and the home made marmalade she sells at the Farmer’s Markets, your local cheese maker at a pop-up stall in a shopping centre, your butcher down the road selling locally reared meats, your veg box provider, the crofter who sells her eggs at the end of her driveway, etc.
Here I give you a brand new food blogging challenge to promote your local food producers and share your recipes using their produce. This is the place to showcase the wonderful foods available where you live, where ever you live, worldwide.
1. Write your blog post showcasing an ingredient sourced locally and post your recipe url to the Linky at the bottom of the appropriate month’s challenge, including your email and the title of your recipe or post. Tell us a bit about where the ingredient came from, with a link to the producer too, if available.
2. Display the Shop Local badge (as shown below) to the relevant recipe post, with a link back to the monthly challenge post.
3. Add as many recipe links as you like, there’s no limit! Share the local producer love!
4. If you tweet your post, please mention #ShopLocal and @TangoRaindrop in your tweet – I will retweet all that I see.
5. The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere, but make sure to credit the source. You are very welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge as listed above with the Shop Local badge.
6. All entries will be added to a Pinterest Group Board – Shop Local
7. The challenge runs from the first day of the month to the last. A new challenge Linky will be added here at the beginning of each month for the following month’s challenge.