Garlic: Local and Super

The latest permutation is the Super-Locavore plan. It needs a better name.

While my goal is to serve both local foods and/or foods that are on Dr. Pratt’s list of SuperFoods, the super-locavore name suggests an even more limited geographic version of locavorism (like my back yard). Anyone who has read or witnessed my gardening acumen will know that is not a wise idea.

In my past plans, I have struggled with unintended consequences. One such consequence has been the preference of less healthy but local foods such as beef, cheeses, and breads over a healthier and environmentally better non-local options like beans and lentils (ok, maybe taste had a little something to do with it). This plan is yet another attempt to encourage the purchase and consumption of more healthy foods.

I still favor an 80/20 plan as it allows for some freedom and purchase of necessary, but off-list items. This time though, the 80% will encompass both Local Foods and Super Foods. The super foods may be found on the SuperFoodRx website, but are also listed on the Locavore Plan page. The super foods list is actually larger as each food listed is joined by sidekicks (for example, pumpkin is associated with other orange foods like carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and orange bell peppers). The good news is that many of the super foods are also local foods. The better news for me is that citrus fruits are on the list, as well as Dark Chocolate!

One further modification I will make for December (November house guests – do not fear, we won’t start while you are here! And December house guests, don’t fear either, we’ll can always be “on vacation!”), is a change in the dollar amounts. It appears that a certain percentage of the household food budget goes to entertainment oriented foods and beverages that need not be included in an analysis of locavore foods. As such, I will reduce the food budget to $500. 80% Local/Super = $400 while 20% non-local/super = $100. Of the $400 Local/Super, $200/month is local through the co-op (which includes a weekly produce box) which leaves $200 for super foods or other local items. Additionally, any food in the freezer is “free” – like all of the peaches frozen from this summer.

Hopefully this plan will work..or at least last a month!