Mosier Market tests ‘Eat Local Challenge’

Mosier Farmers Market has issued a challenge “pitting family against family, friend against friend, and town against town to see who can eat/earn the most points in our first-ever World Premier Mosier Eat Local Challenge.”

Well, they’ve issued the challenge to Stevenson, anyway, although they haven’t heard back yet, said market volunteer Emily Reed.

“We’re test running it and working out all of the kinks in tiny little Mosier,” said Reed. “We hope to roll it out Gorge-wide next year.”

The idea is simple. During the course of a week, check off as many items on the Eat Local Challenge Checklist (see web address below) as possible. Each item is worth varying points, and many can be taken care of while shopping at the market.

To turn in your checklist, visit the Mosier Farmers Market booth by 5 p.m. on Sunday, or email your list to by 2 p.m. Prizes will be handed out at the market each week at beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Bigger prizes will be handed out on during the last market day — Sept. 2 — to those who earn the most points. Even if you don’t win a weekly prize, points accumulated count towards the big prize at the end.

The checklist covers many different aspects of eating locally, from purchasing the food to spreading the word.

A small sampling of the 37 items on the list:

n Harvest food from your garden (2 points)

n Buy direct from a local farm or farmers market (2 points)

n Make at least one dish that is 100 percent local (5 points)

n Preserve food for later (5 points)

n Read an article about local food issues (1 point)

n Ask a vendor at least three questions (1 point)

n Do a day or week junk food detox (1-7 points)

n Buy from one new vendor (1 point)

n Post something about local food on Facebook, Twitter or a blog (1 point)

n Bring someone new to the market (2 points)

n Bring your own bag to the market or store (1 point)

n Help at the community garden (5 points)

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