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

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

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