Have you ever heard of a “100-mile diet” or a “100-mile food challenge?” No, we are not referring to the latest diet craze. Both terms refer to sourcing all, or the majority of, your food within a 100 mile radius of where you live. The campaigns were started in the 1990s to encourage communities to buy local. Typical food items would include – but are not limited to – meats of all types, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and baked goods. Beyond the health and economic benefits of eating local, it just feels good to support businesses within your community.
That’s why, this holiday season, we are challenging ourselves to an even bigger goal, a 30-mile Christmas dinner. Many of the ingredients were purchased from farms or other businesses within 30 miles of our Springfield campus. Danielle Hummel, our Sustainable Food Services Coordinator, and all of our caregiving staff, worked together to create a delicious menu for our memory loss residents and their friends and families. The recipe creation is similar to how we create the Harvest of the Month recipes.
The 30-mile Christmas Dinner Menu
- Brown Sugar Glazed Ham with Pineapple. Hams locally purchased from Long’s Meat Market in Eugene, OR. Recipe inspired by Allrecipes.com.
- Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Potatoes purchased locally from Johnson Farms in Eugene, OR.
- Roasted Beets ‘n’ Sweets. Beets, potatoes, and onions locally purchased from Johnson Farms in Eugene, OR. Recipe inspired by Allrecipes.com
- Spinach, Cranberry, Walnut Salad with Balsamic Dressing. Walnuts and Cranberries purchased from Hummingbird Wholesale in Eugene, OR. Recipe inspired by Epicurious.com
- Dutch Apple Pie and Coconut Cream Pie. Purchased Locally from Vida Café in Vida, OR.
We hope to see all of our friends and family members this holiday season! However, if you are not able to make the trip, you can use our contact form to send a loved one a personal note to wish them a warm holiday greeting.