A Dallas Woman Accepts Washington Post's "Eat Local Challenge"

Former Dallas Burn'er Brandon Pollard, educating my boy about bees at Dallas Farmer's Market two weeks back
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The Washington Post is wrapping up its "Eat Local Challenge," in which the paper's asking folks to eat "food that has been grown or raised within 100 miles of home." Among those taking up the challenge is a former Washington, D.C., resident named Alison Mellon, who moved to Dallas with her husband Scott two years ago and today offers The Post her perspective on eating locally (and kosher) in the 214, where she's found close-enough at the Dallas Farmers Market, among other spots not named:

Last Saturday, Scott and I shopped at both Shed 1 (the local section) of the Dallas Farmer's Market and the supermarkets that sell local food, and I was happily surprised at how easy it was to meet the ten-item challenge: zucchini, spring onions, bell peppers, garlic, blueberries, watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, figs, watermelon, herbs (rosemary, oregano, tarragon, and mint), fresh pinto beans, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses. Also of note were Texas and Oklahoma mushrooms, eggs from "Texas chickens" (according to the package) and locally produced sorbet made with homegrown herbs.

Still, though, far as the 5-year-old who lives in my house is concerned, best thing about the Farmers Market is the zip-code honey, about which Megan wrote last week. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.