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Take the Aquidneck Food Challenge!

September 22-29, 2018

Forget Atkins and Paleo! We at Aquidneck Community Table are launching a new diet again this fall: eight days of local eating! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the abundance of the harvest season and the bounty of our island by participating in the second Aquidneck Food Challenge. We are presently designing this year's event and activities, including the delightful opening night party on September 22. You can get all the details as they go live by registering for the Challenge in the box on your right, or by joining the ACT mailing list.

What is it?
From September 22 to 29, we are challenging community members to eat only food grown or raised locally, either on Aquidneck Island or caught in Narragansett Bay or in Rhode Island and its waters as a whole. Modeled after The Fife Diet, the Aquidneck Food Challenge is a “choose your own adventure” in local eating. We realize this is a big challenge — but we see it as a critical opportunity for our community to learn what kinds of foods our island is currently producing, and what we need to support a thriving local food ecosystem in the future. However, if just the thought of giving up coffee, chocolate, olive oil, and avocados gives you the shakes – you can participate by including at least one food item from the island in every meal. 

We live in a broken food system. Cabbages from Portsmouth are shipped to Boston to be held in a warehouse, and then trucked back to Newport to be sold in stores. We eat and drink foods from all over the world without even noticing. Let this challenge be a brief exercise in raising awareness of the globalization of food, gratitude for our island home, and an opportunity to learn and live like the native peoples who first settled here. Plus, when it's over, we bet that first sip of coffee and bite of bread will taste so good!

It's simple: just eat food that's grown here! We will share resources like recipes, shopping lists, and local food maps with participants. We are also working with island farms to make dairy products like butter and yogurt available for purchase at the Aquidneck Growers' Market. In return, we ask that you support Aquidneck Community Table with a $20 registration fee. We also encourage you to share your challenge experiences with us in the form of pre- and post-challenge surveys, pictures and social media posts, and by telling us in person when we wrap up the Challenge on September 29!

The fee to register for the Aquidneck Island Food Challenge and support ACT is $20. This small registration fee will support Aquidneck Community Table’s efforts in organizing the food challenge. All participants will receive specially-designed recipes, shopping lists, and local food maps, as well as priority access to limited local food products like butter from Simmons Farm!

We will be in touch with all participants soon! For any questions, concerns, comments, or ideas, please email us, or click the link below.

Register Here