September 29, 2013

A Month of Eating Local

Did you try to eat local in September?

It's hard.  I tried.

I buy a lot of my produce directly from the Farmers and I still found a large percentage of my food is not local because some of it does not grow here.  Here's how I did.  It was great fun.

Local Heirloom Tomato

Local tomato, local cream, local frozen peas

Local tomato, local kale from Terra Verde Garden

Local carrots from Lunaria Farm and Alm Hill Farm

Local beans from Terra Verde Garden

The prettiest pears I've ever seen from BelleWood Acres
Friend's backyard plums
to make my grandma Gertrude's Pflaumenkuchen (Plum Cake)
and used the leftover plums to cook up local Brussels Sprouts from Terra Verde Garden and BelleWood Apples
Washington apples, local kale, carrots from Sunseed Farm
for juicing to make up for all the ancient Einkorn wheat that I'm eating lately
the hens who lay the eggs that I eat really like the leftover fiber from my juicing, so they are eating local too
I juice ginger that has been in my freezer since last year, local from Terra Verde Garden
Nectarines from the Okanogan Valley in Eastern Washington in a skillet cake
local eggs, local butter
Ricotta cheesecake made with local eggs
cooked emmer (farro) berries from Bluebird Grain Farms in Winthrop, Washington, local cherry tomatoes, local basil
Local pizza made by . . .
 . . . local guy Russ of Gusto Pizza
lunch by local food truck JTs Smokin BBQ made from local pork from Farmer Ben's
JTs baked beans are the best I've ever had in my entire life.  These are destination baked beans.  If you love BBQ and baked beans, find this guy's truck (links below) and drive there for lunch.  Call me, I'll join you.

If you have never bought meat directly from a farmer, Jessica and Ben make it really easy and friendly in their farm store.  It's lovely, they are lovely and they treat their animals with respect and gratitude.

local distillery tour at BelleWood Acres
they distill their own apples to hand craft vodka, gin, eau de Vie, liqueurs, brandy, whiskey, pommeau, and ciders 

local eggs in my Tuscan wheat

local eggs
local eggs
When I put it all together, it sort of adds up.   I'm glad that we truck certain foods half way around the world.  I love my Italian wheat, Sumatran coffee, California citrus.  I don't always know where my food comes from.  I support my imports as much as I support my locally sourced food.  If I can't call myself a locavore - can I call myself a globavore?

What do you eat that is local?  Imported?

Links to a few farms and providers that I love: