walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

100 mile diet musings (no beans)

I realize I said I'm not doing this this year. It's possible, altho not likely, that I lied.

For those still catching up: a couple of wacky journalists in Vancouver, B.C. decided one year to eat only stuff from within 100 miles of where they lived. There are two sides to this. One side is, oh, Canada. The other side is, hey, Vancouver. There's some amazing produce available, not to mention fish and so forth. I've now done several passes over the idea of doing this here in southern New Hampshire. On the down side, oh, New England. On the good side, hey, Holland Farm is doing CSA this year and payment is due Feb 1. And we already buy some stuff locally whenever possible anyway.

I think I've already commented that there's an issue with the plant based diet vs. buying locally, which is touched upon in this article.


I found that article googling "freezer 100 mile diet", because I had concluded after the second or third pass on the idea that if we had a freezer, this might actually be mostly do-able, especially if the people growing organic feed grains in MA might also have available organic grains that were suitable for feeding humans instead of, say, organic turkeys. I even had this wonderful realization that we could have sugar, because you can buy maple sugar around here. Heh. Heh. Heh. Heh. Sure, it costs more. A lot more. But it's really good. Like, as good compared to ordinary sugar as grade B maple syrup is compared to that grade A crap everyone has been deluded into thinking is worth bothering with.

I was a little startled at the small size of the freezer our intrepid locavores thought was suitable. I was also really startled that they went into this project with an inaccurate understanding of when farmer's markets and spring foods become available in their area. When they said they were doing this to re-establish relationships, they so were not kidding.

Anyway, I'm currently looking at a 15 cu ft freezer, because I'm still doing the plant based thing which means I need more room, especially if I'm going to freeze enough fruit and veg to get me through six months. I got the Energy Star spreadsheet and after stumbling around, discovered that W. C. Wood's makes a lot of the other brands' chest freezers. If you are wondering, I'm not going with an upright for energy efficiency reasons. You can run a decent sized chest freezer for the cost of a single 100 W bulb (not that you have any of those any more. Right?). Needless to say, an upright is, um, more. Like 2+ bulbs. I figure if I can't get my act together enough to keep that sucker organized, I should just give up now. However, if would be nice to know if anyone else has purchased a freezer of any sort in the last 5-10 years, and has any comments they'd like to make about what to look out for. In the name of energy efficiency, this will be a manual defrost (I bet you know when we'll be doing that: when it empties out in late spring, in time to start loading it up with the early summer strawberries) and drain. Yah, it sucks.

I did not take the Y2K food storage thing that seriously, because it was clear by the fall of 1999 that it just wasn't going to be that bad, so my detailed understanding of how much food we'll go through during the Nothing Local To Buy months (about 6) is still lacking. The only book I own on the subject is Making the Best of the Basics, which honestly, kinda sucks, and involves way too much powdered dry milk. Recommendations on that front also welcome. I don't suppose I have any Mormon or ex-Mormon readers who took the food storage requirement seriously and have some pointers for me?

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