Wednesday, September 17, 2008

100-mile diet

Note: Our next meeting will be a "Soup Night" at 4:30pm on Sunday Oct 5th at the Friends Meeting House (231 Westmount Drive South, Orillia). Please RSVP to

Our first fall potluck of 2008 (okay not technically fall but it was back to school time!) took place on a beautiful Sunday evening, a nice surprise after a day of clouds and rain. We were able to eat outside as planned and both the conversation and meal proved to be scintillating and delectable...on the meal side we had salad with a yummy garlicky dressing, a veggie stew, vegan potato salad and zucchini muffins. The theme was the 100-mile diet, so most of the ingredients came from local gardens.

100-mile diet is a relatively new term that refers to a movement which encourages people to buy food as locally as possibly. "In 2005, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon began a one-year experiment in local eating. Their 100-Mile Diet struck a deeper chord than anyone could have predicted, inspiring thousands of individuals, and even whole communities, to change the way they eat. Locally raised and produced food has been called 'the new organic' — better tasting, better for the environment, better for local economies, and better for your health. From reviving the family farm to reconnecting with the seasons, the local foods movement is turning good eating into a revolution." (From

During our 100-mile dinner, we were reminded that a great place to buy fresh, organic, local produce is McBride's stand at the Orillia Farmers Market. There is also a full listing of farms in Simcoe County here.

At our meal, the piece de resistance was the vegan chocolate peanut butter pie and mint tea. Unfortunately there are no pictures of these great dishes to be posted but we will try to get the recipe of the chocolate peanut butter pie up shortly.

-Krista M.