Is Michigan Local?
What should your boundary be for being a locavore? Many select a radius around their home, within which all of their food should be purchased from. There is a book called “The 100 Mile Diet” (next on my reading list) but for me I mostly stick to Essex County for fresh products so that’s only a maximum of 55km (34 miles) with a trip to Leamington.
If you grew up in this area, then you are probably familiar with seeing Cabana Potato Chips on the shelf at your local convenience store. These chips – now called “Uncle Rays” – are produced in Detroit, Michigan. So is this still local? While my purchase may not put too much money back into our local economy (but the local store owner will still make something from me so that’s good), the environmental burden to bring me the food is minimal, so I’ve put it on my list.
I can’t source all of my ingredients locally so when I make purchases I try to find a product that was made in Ontario at least, but some of these are still 500km away so I may substitute a Detroit area item if it is available.
If you know of a local product, I would gladly switch so please contact me with suggestions!