I also know, however, that many people make changes in baby steps. Rather than skip the idea of including local foods because you see it as too difficult or restrictive, try starting with a few ingredients and commit to only buying those locally. Or choose to have at least 1-2 local items per meal.
I have joined an eat local challenge, and I really wanted to buy a local, heritage turkey for our meal. But I am feeding 19 people today, and heritage turkeys were not even close to being in the budget. So this is what I am doing... on our table today the following local ingredients will appear in key and supporting roles in one or more dishes...
- green beans
- herbs (dried and fresh)