31 August 2009

And Go!

The challenge has officially begun! For the next five days I will only be eating food that was grown within a 100 mile radius of Spokane. I spent the week preparing by researching local food, buying said food and weaning myself off coffee. That's right, like many other participants of this challenge, I have a nasty caffeine addiction. I realized early on that it could be my downfall, so I limited my consumption leading up to the contest. I have to be at work at 7am (so why am I up writing this?!) and coffee is my constant companion, but this week I'm having an affair with the local dried mint tea that I picked up at the Roots Market at Fresh Abundance on Sunday.

After stopping by the market on Sunday, my friend Amy and I drove up to Green Bluff where I picked up some apple cider, onions, peaches and honey. Add to that the carrots, acorn squash, dried mint, blackberries, comfrey, jalapenos and bok choy from the Roots Market and the zucchini, tomatoes, corn, chard, bell peppers and rhubarb from the Perry Street Farmers' Market and potatoes and garlic from the Spokane Farmers' Market, I'm in good shape so far. I only wish I'd known about the hazelnuts up at Green Bluff. The only allowable grain I've found so far is rolled emmer (farro) and have not yet identified a source for beans/lentils. Fresh Abundance carries camelina oil, grown and processed in Marlin, WA that is safe for the challenge. I picked up a bottle of that for almost $17. The price seems a little steep, but as a vegan, that will be the only fat in my very limited diet this week.

For breakfast, I'll be replacing my usual cereal of quinoa, hazelnut milk, fresh fruit and cinnamon with rolled emmer, honey and blackberries. I combined the remainder of the emmer I cooked up with some sauteed zucchini, onion, garlic, comfrey and heirloom tomatoes for lunch and packed a peach for a mid-afternoon snack. For dinner, I think I'll roast some of that squash.

There are still a few things I need to work on acquiring: more rolled emmer, China Bend wine (after much debate about yeast, this item has officially been added to the allowable list), more fruit and hopefully (fingers crossed), a legume.


Rachel said...

One good thing about the emmer grain is that it has even more protein than whole wheat.

Score on the oil! Unfortunately, that sounds out of my budget. I'm still trying to figure out what I'll fry with... but I suppose I at least have milk and eggs for some fat.

I must say, I'm looking forward to reading how it goes for you. I think trying to do this vegan sounds far more challenging than what the rest of us are up against.

Good luck!

Geneva said...

I called WinCo in the Valley yesterday. They have lentils from the radius in their bulk foods section.

How is that oil?

I'll be going on a WinCo run late today so if you need me to get you something just let me know.

crystal said...

Thanks, Rachel. Good luck to you as well! I really like the emmer and so does my son. I think we'll keep buying this after the contest is over.

Awesome, Geneva - thanks! I haven't had the WinCo experience yet, so I may just make the trip out there myself to see what it's all about.

The oil is good. It has a mild flavor and I don't really taste it my the food.

Becky said...

Good luck! Although, I don't think you need it..sounds like you are doing quite alright! Good to know the emmer tastes good..I'm about to make myself some.