Tonight I sat down with a pencil and paper and started a list of 100 foods I knew I could get within 100 miles of where I live. After 57 I decided it would be a good blog post.
All of these foods are items I have grown, purchased at the farmers' market, known of people who grow or produce them, or have recently found sources for.
5. Avocados (many varieties)
6. Sugar Snap Peas
7. Winter Squash (including pumpkins)
17. Oranges (all varieties)
20. Lemons (Eureka and Meyer)
23. Summer Squash (zucchini, crookneck, etc.)
33. Swiss Chard
37. Onions (both green and storage)
48. Sunflower seeds
60. Chili Peppers
61. Cow's Milk (pasteurized and not organic)
67. Asian Pears
68. Green Beans
69. Goat's Milk
70. Macadamia Nuts
72. Beef (need to confirm)
76. Honeydew Melon
79. Bonito Tuna
88. Thresher Shark
90. Olive Oil
92. Poppy Seeds
98. Lemon Balm
So I thought I was going to come up short, but I did alright.
Now granted, not all of this is available commercially. You'd have to hunt to get venison (or know someone who does), and to get the fish you'd probably have to do the fishing yourself (we have many fine fishing piers). Some fruit, such as blueberries, are grown here but not commercially. To get the bananas you'd have to plant and tend a tree carefully.
Some categories are very broad; I could have names lettuce varieties by the dozens, as well as many of the greens we associate with salad, such as watercress and arugula. The squashes have a lot of variety. On the other hand, I listed most of the berries separately.
I listed cheese, only because there are a few producers nearby, and cheese-making can be a tricky business and require specialized equipment. On the other hand, I didn't list yogurt, which I presume could be made easily at home. I listed apples, and vinegar (made from apples or other fruits), but not apple butter or dehydrated apples, both of which I can get. I didn't list juices made from any fruits or vegetables.
Not everything listed is available organic (certified or not).
It was a fun exercise, and one that really got me thinking and researching. I knew I could get expensive local poultry, but not that there was a beef producer nearby (I hope that source pans out). I didn't list goat meat, but I am sure it could be obtained. I didn't list all of the fish species available, nor any shellfish.
Could we eat from this list? I don't know. I haven't found storage grain grown anywhere near us; the corn I've seen is all sweet corn. We don't really want to eat a lot of meat. We prefer raw, organic dairy and our source for that is about 250 miles away. But certainly we will be able to shift 100% of our fruit and vegetable consumption to locally grown items.