We are a family of five — two parents and three boys: 12, 9, 5. We live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My husband and I grew up in the Midwest but lived on the East Coast for almost 20 years. We decided a few years ago to move back to raise our boys near family. We both have always liked to cook (he’s the gourmet, I’m the day-to-day). Relatively speaking, I think our kids are fairly adventurous and not-too-picky. But, like most kids, they love their fast food, frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets — and it seems like we turn to those — more often than I like to admit — when the day gets crazy or the parents get lazy.
So when we decided to move back here, it was just about the time that the local/seasonal/sustainable food “trend” was hitting it big in the urban areas of the East Coast. I was excited to move back to “the heartland” and be closer to the source of so much of our food. But it hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be to come across local food — check out the rest of the site to see what we’ve been discovering.
Why we are doing this:
What I have so far encountered (and I hope local readers will chime in and prove me wrong), is that it’s a bit more challenging here than I thought it would be. First of all, we don’t have a Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Really. There are places in the United States that don’t have those! But we do have national grocery chains, seasonal farmers markets, and a few independent natural food stores. Plus, CSAs and local farms that sell their items onsite. I think have a lot of investigative shopping to do!
As for restaurants, so far I’ve only come across a couple of restaurant that source their meat or produce locally — or at least that let you know they do. We love to eat out, so we’ll be exploring the restaurant scene full on!
Like I said already, my hope is that this 5 Week focus will lead us to a larger awareness of the impact of the food we eat — on our bodies, our community, our planet. “It sure would be swell if it sparks us to learn some new skills and bond over a common family goal, as well!” she says, naively? It definitely gives us a good reason to get out into our community and talk about food — share what we are doing but, more importantly, learn from everyone else as well. This is a topic that fits right in when we are doing the things we enjoy: entertaining in our home, eating out, shopping, and even volunteering at school. I can’t wait to see what we learn!
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