This may be unprecedented in the brief history of this blog, but I am posting twice in one day. Yep, I will do anything to avoid writing!
Basically, Eat Local Challenge 2008 is all about eating locally grown. Duh, but in case you are unclear, here's the scoop from the Eat Local Challenge folks themselves, http://www.eatlocalchallenge.com/2008/08/announcing-the.html
"The traditional Eat Local Challenge is a basic concept: commit to eating only locally grown foods for a period of thirty days. Declare "exceptions" that you will not be eating locally, and try as hard as you can to have everything else come from your local food shed. "Local" is traditionally a 150-mile distance from your home, but can really be defined as any area near you. Some locavores choose their county, state, or region."
Check out the site for info. on ways to make it easier and on explanations about making exceptions for things we don't grow locally, i.e., coffee and chocolate. As they suggest, at least try to buy fair trade items for the things you can't live without like spices. One alternative is to buy local herbs and seasonings.
Since I am concerned about preserving California farms, I try to focus on California grown and if possible, grown within 200 miles of me since I live in LA and our farm space has dwindled. Let me know if you are going to participate and we can try to help each other!