4/1/2016 3:36:05 PM
As part of the 5th Annual Eat Local Month, sign up is now open for Lowcountry Local First’s Eat Local Challenge, which will take place during the month of April and is open to teams and individuals. The goal of the Eat Local Challenge is to help consumers Make the Shift in their choices and their spending towards local in order to cultivate a strong local economy. The Eat Local Challenge asks participants to pledge to shift $10 of their weekly spending toward locally sourced food, drink, and Lowcountry grown specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables. Throughout the month, Local First will offer participants resources, recipe ideas, and tips for success in eating locally. Lowcountry Local First defines “local food” as that of which is grown, produced or sourced as close to home as possible and within the state of South Carolina.
Although agribusiness is SC’s largest industry, SC imports over 90% of its food with the average meal traveling over 1,500 miles to get to our plates. “With increasing opportunities that link local food and consumers like farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs), and local sections in grocery stores, we hope participants will find that taking steps toward eating locally can work for everyone,” says Jamee Haley, Executive Director for Lowcountry Local First.
The Eat Local Challenge will officially kick off on April 1st and conclude on April 30th. Individuals and teams will use Lowcountry Local First’s new, free mobile app, available for Android and Apple devices, to track their weekly financial shift. Prizes will be awarded to those who shift the most dollars to local, and the top team will be presented with The Golden Shovel.