“Eating is an agricultural act.” –Wendell Berry
Our dollars can go to support something we know little about or something we can see with own eyes. During the Long Island Food Challenge, you have the opportunity to learn about your food. You will be given the opportunity to see the farm where your food came from, meet the farmer that put his energy into the food you are eating and even see how great local food is prepared by local chefs!
Long Island is currently New York State’s leading agricultural region. With excellent, well drained soils, more sunshine than any other area in NY state, abundant fresh water and nearness to wholesale and retail markets, it is not surprising that LI is one of the more important agricultural regions in the state.
Have you ever stopped to think about where your food came from? Are you buying something that was shipped to the US from another country? Was it picked weeks ago and then shipped across the country? Or was it produced by a big farm corporation.
We want you to think about where your food came from.
That is how the Long Island Food Challenge got started!
What is the Long Island Food Challenge?
§ We are challenging you eat local, farm fresh, seasonal food for three weeks in July
§ This is an opportunity to connect with the food you eat!
§ The Challenge takes place from July 10-31
§ Learn how to continue making healthy food choices during and after the challenge!
How do I join?
What do I have to do?
§ Make a commitment to eat locally produced food
§ Think about the food you eat, whether it is local or not
§ Attend any of the events that interest you
What do I get?
§ Resource packet with detailed information where to buy locally produced vegetables, fruit, poultry, beef, dairy, and seafood
§ Recipes for delicious dishes prepared with seasonal food
§ Access to members only resources on this site
§ Re-usable shopping bag
§ An opportunity to participate in cooking classes, movie screening, wine and cheese tasting, wellness lectures, and farm tours
How do I receive my package?
If you missed the two pick up events, please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org