About Seacoast Eat Local

Seacoast Eat Local is a group of consumers, chefs, growers, and activists who advocate eating locally for ecological, social, cultural, and environmental reasons.

About the Eat Local Challenges

During the Eat Local Challenge, participants eat foods primarily from our local area, generally defined as a 100-mile circle around our homes. Participants define their own personal challenges, deciding how local they will try to be, how often they will eat local meals, and what exemptions they will claim, for example some foodstuffs not able to be grown in New England. The Challenge is considered an intense learning month, the lessons from which can be applied on a somewhat more relaxed scale year-round.
Why Eat Locally?
  • Eating locally means more money stays within our community and supports our local economy. Farmer’s receive a greater proportion of the price.
  • Locally grown food is fresher and more nutritious. Since it doesn’t have to be bred for long-distance shipping and rough handling, local produce can fully ripen, making it much more flavorful.
  • Eating locally reduces your second-hand consumption of fossil fuels. The average American meal travels an estimated 1500 miles from farm to plate.
  • Supporting local agriculture supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with open space – farms and pastures – an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.

adapted from “10 Reasons to Eat Local Food” by Jennifer Maiser, Eat Local Challenge

How to Participate
  • visit locally owned food businesses & let them know you are looking for local food!
  • let people know what you are doing and why! Convincing someone else of the importance of eating locally doubles your good work in improving our environment, taking charge of our health, and supporting our community.
  • have fun & enjoy great food!
Seacoast Eat local is also co-hosting two holiday farmers’ markets, to take place on the Saturdays before Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Atlantic Culinary Academy in Dover.

Want to get involved? First, drop us an email! It helps us to know who is interested and participating. Then, visit our local resources wiki. A wiki is a website anyone can edit by simply clicking the “edit this page” button at the top of the screen. Share your sources of local food or find more sources there. Finally, talk to your friends and family about eating locally. Spread the word!

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