A reality television show is being filmed in my city for the Food Network. The show will be about 6 families who have agreed to be on a 100 mile diet for 100 days. This diet is all about eating local, consuming food that is grown and processed only within a 100 miles of your home.
J.B. MacKinnon and Alisa Smith are the writers whose book, The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating (the book is entitled Plenty in the U.S.) inspired the show. And there they are in the above picture! They were at my local farmers market this weekend. I thought they were coming to make an appearance, maybe sign some books, but in fact they were being filmed for the show. See the camera person looking annoyed at the idiot who took this picture. That idiot is me of course. I accidentally had my camera set with the flash on. I then took a second picture STILL in flash mode, then fumbled with my camera to figure out why the flash kept going off. This third and final shot is just verifying that I'm an obnoxious fool according to this man and I've ruined part of their shoot. I'm sure they had to film it again, but I didn't wait to find out as I hustled my embarrassed butt out of there.
My friend Angela Rockett along with Tara Larsen Chang co-author a blog about their attempts to eat local food. There you'll find a great book list and links on the topic. Both are incredible artists as well and you can check out their art here and here.
As for me participating in the diet, I'll do my best, but I don't think I'm going for it 100%, UNLESS someone can genetically modify a coffee plant that will grow in cool, rainy Vancouver, then maybe... just maybe.