Organic Farmers' markets provide food for locavore potlucks.

Published on May 13th, 2009 | by Jennifer Lance


Locavore Living Ideas: Host an Organic Local Foods Potluck

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Spring time brings the reopening of farmers’ markets creating inspiration for organic local food meals.  Whether you are a hard core locavore or a connoisseur of local food, hosting a local foods potluck is an easy way you can share great food with your friends and family while raising awareness.  From local wine to salad greens, you can have a delicious meal from your local community!

Image by nataliemaynorFarmers' markets provide food for locavore potlucks.

Farmers' markets provide food for locavore potlucks.

The average American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate, which has prompted activists to adopt the 100 Mile Diet. According to Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, who conducted a 100 Mile Diet one-year experiment, there are 12 reasons to eat locally grown food:

  1. Taste the difference
  2. Know what you’re eating
  3. Meet your neighbors
  4. Get in touch with the seasons
  5. Discover new flavors
  6. Explore your home
  7. Save the world
  8. Support small farms
  9. Give back to the local economy
  10. Be healthy
  11. Create memories
  12. Have more fun while traveling

Although you may not be ready to adopt a complete locavore diet, hosting a locavore potluck is a great way to have fun with neighbors while experiencing the 12 reasons one should eat locally.  Locavore potlucks are a common occurrence in Slow Food groups.  To host a locavore potluck, simply ask your friends to bring a dish that is prepared with ingredients within a 100 mile radius of your community.  As host, you can decide if dishes must be 100% local or if foreign spices are allowed.  Participants can share their recipes, as well as sources for the local fare.  Bon Appetit!

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Jennifer lives on 160 acres off-the-grid in a home built with her own two hands (and several more skilled pairs of hands) from forest fire salvaged timber. Her home is powered by a micro-hydro turbine, and she has been a vegetarian for 21 years. Jennifer graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art education and has been teaching art to children for over 16 years. She also spent five years teaching in a one-room schoolhouse before becoming the mother of two beautiful children. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently teaching preschool, as well as k-8 art. She enjoys writing, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, and raising four akitas. Jennifer is the founder and editor of Eco Child's Play ( "I’ve always been concerned about the earth and our impact upon it. Now that I have children, I feel compelled to raise them with green values. From organic gardening to alternative energy, my family tries to leave a small carbon footprint." Please visit my other blog:

2 Responses to Locavore Living Ideas: Host an Organic Local Foods Potluck

  1. Gina says:

    Love the idea of a local potluck and will plan one for this summer when our local growing season really kicks in. While many of our friends eat local too, there are a few that I’d love to inspire. Thanks for sharing.

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