Rather than supplementing my Greenmarket purchases with purchases from the supermarket as I usually do, I bough all of my purchases from the Greenmarket this week. I set myself a budget of $110, which is only slightly more than what I normally spend for two weeks of groceries. Keep in mind that this budget will cover my breakfasts, lunches, and dinner for the next 12 days; that's $11 a day, a fair budget considering my average lunch in midtown Manhattan is $8. I have allowed myself some leg room to use ingredients such as grains, sauces, and garlic that I already had on hand, but other than that necessary allowance, my entire diet for the week will consist of local foods. Follow along with me as I document local my meals over the next twelve days of my Greenmarket Challenge.
Breakfast: Leftover chorizo tortilla
Lunch: Turkey sandwich
Dinner: Polenta mixed with green garlic pesto, topped with sauteed kale and a fried Knoll Crest egg
As I reach the penultimate day of my Greenmarket Challenge, I am off icially running out of food. I had to cheat on lunch, bringing in non-Greenmarket turkey sandwich. Dinner was a compost pile of leftover polenta topped with other leftovers from my refrigerator. Here is some proof that locavore cuisine ain't always pretty: