I have to admit, I look at this challenge and go "There's no way I could do that." But then, when I really think about it, could I do it? We have a really good farmer's market that is downtown, somewhat close to where I work but not at all close to where I live. I could get all my veggies and fruits there. I think I could even get butter. I know there's a butcher there as well, which I would assume is all local meat but would have to check it out to know for sure.
The most recent Change the World Wednesday revolved around eating locally. I updated it not too long ago talking about how I've switched to buying the milk I drink from a company that is somewhat local, Oberweis Dairy. They are as local as I think I would get. I also mentioned a grocery store called Local Harvest that sells items grown/produced locally. While that would still be a grocery store, the items would be local so I think that would have to count right? I suppose I could get meat only at Whole Foods, where you can look on their website and see where your meat is coming from (I know the beef they sell in the store I shop at does come from Missouri).
It looks like I have the means to buy most stuff locally, without stepping foot in a traditional grocery store. One thing I know would be a problem would be all the nuts that I eat. I eat trail mix at least 5 days of the week. Where in the world would I get nuts? If I'm not buying it from a local store I would be ordering it online, which defeats the purpose in my opinion.
Hmm..It seems like I need to seriously look into this. It seems like I would need to change some of my shopping habits, going out on my lunch break to shop at the farmer's market for fresh fruit and produce would be one.
What about you? Give this some thought, then let me know, do you think you could do this? If you don't think you could get away from the grocery store 100%, do you think there's a way you could make some changes to not visit as often?