Having potluck parties are the best. Everyone shares the responsibility of bringing food and you can taste of variety of delicacies without breaking the bank. And when we found out that Holstee was encouraging people to have potluck parties to raise money for the Food Corps, we were in. #holsteepotluck
We decided to take our potluck party to the next level by ask everyone to bring food made with at least 80% local ingredients, that’s within a 500 mile radius from Brooklyn, where had the party. This challenged our guests to really think about where their ingredients were coming from. You would be surprised how far food travels to get on your plate.
Fortunately, I’m a member of a food cooperative (co-op) that focuses on providing mostly affordable, local, organic food. This particular food co-op is pretty much a full-blown grocery store that is owned and operated by its members, who are the only ones permitted to shop there. It’s interesting to be a part of this community, and I’ll be sure to share my adventures of working at the co-op in future posts.
The co-op had a lot of local ingredients I could use, and it didn’t cost me more than I would have spent if I just bought food willy nilly, without making deliberate choices about what I was buying. I found it to be a great exercise in awareness, knowing where my food is coming from.
At the party, people either brought home-cooked food or purchased food and drinks from local businesses. When I asked people about their experience focusing on local foods some said it was a pain because they couldn’t find items local enough, but others found a sense of pride in supporting local communities- giving them a chance to thrive in the highly competitive global food market. Also, if you are someone who wants to take action in reducing your carbon footprint, this is another way to do it.
In the end, this potluck was just about getting together, having meaningful conversations, and enjoying each other’s company. I’d say this mission was accomplished.
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