Two weeks into the challenge, I feel I've not been trying as hard as I could, but I'm certainly continuing to make local origin a priority, if not a sine qua non, when I shop for groceries. Today I stopped by the co-op and bought a beautiful organic cauliflower and some sweet corn from Gardens of Eagan (which, despite the name, is in Farmington) and two pounds of frozen ground beef from Thousand Hills Cattle Company, currently on sale. I also bought some non-local cashews, cookies, and juice. I looked in vain for local spinach; it's been too hot for that lately, but I hope we'll see some more in the fall. I'm still picking the occasional tomato or cucumber from my backyard container garden, but production has dwindled in a late-summer kind of way. My dairy products and eggs are local, and I still have a lot of dried black beans I bought earlier this summer at the farmer's market. I have a stack of Faribault-made tortillas to work my way through, and the rest of our breads are locally made as well. I was traveling last week and have had two restaurant meals this week (one at Big Bowl, where they do label local products and try to work them into their menus), so probably overall I'm eating 60-70% local, which is roughly where I've been for the past month or so.
By the way, Just Food is helping coordinate support for some of their sustainable and organic suppliers whose crops have been hit hard by the recent flooding in southeast Minnesota. They've made it easy to donate to the cause, providing convenient coupons in several denominations that will ring up your donation at the cash register.