Thursday, November 13, 2008

Living La Vida Loca-vore!

Locavore: a person who eats locally! The "local" standards can be within a 100 mile radius or include your whole state, depending on where you live. The best way to start is to find out if your area has a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, a farmer's market, or a local dairy. Check out to find out what comes up in your zip code.
So, why support local agriculture?
1. Puts money back into your local economy
2. Food travels less of a distance; thus, saves money (gas), fresher, and it's what is in season!
3. Variety is the spice of life, and the CSA boxes provide your palate a taste of something different
4. Organic
5. It's green, and that is in!

Bi-monthly I drive 1.5 miles to pick up my $25 CSA box at the drop site. Last night happened to be my night for my goodie box! Here is a little taste of what my box contained this week, and some edible preparations:
Green Beans, potatoes,
tomatoes, & baby lettuce greens: Tuna Nicoise Salad
Carrots: Sauteed with olive oil and fresh dill
Apples: Homemade applesauce-better than Motts!
Swiss Chard: Stir-fried with fresh chorizo
Oranges & Fennel: Tossed w/Red Onions & Champagne Vinaigrette
Cherry Tomatoes: Tossed with grapes, parsley, feta, & EVOO

Edible ideas to chew on...