Monday, March 30, 2009

Local diet update - March 30, 2009

Ok. We have been seriously busy on the local food front here. We still have broccoli, potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms in the produce drawer of the fridge. Then, as you can see in the photo, I did some major harvesting from my garden over the last few days: that's a cabbage head and the surrounding leaves at the top of the picture, the remains of my broccoli plant (including some florets) in the middle, and a big stack of hearty green onions towards the bottom. The bugs were after my last cabbage and the other plants were starting to flower, so it was definitely time to harvest. Now, it's time to eat!

Then, my dad stopped by with some goodies from a produce market south of town. Not all of it is local, but he said the watermelon is from Texas. It all eats the same, local or not, so I'll be sure to enjoy this generous gift. That's a spaghetti squash (my dad knows what I like!), 5 summer squash, an acorn squash, and a behemoth of a watermelon. It all sounds mighty tasty right about now...

Then, of course, was my weekly trip to the farmers' market. Saturday brought a bit of a cold front (it was over 80 degrees the other day, Saturday morning it was 36!), but we were prepared and the market turned out beautifully. The usual suspects (both vendors and goodies) were there, tables bursting forth with an amazing harvest. This week, between 18 vendors, you could find:  
Peppers, tomatoes, carrots, red onions, yellow onions, green onions, cabbage, red potatoes, white potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, beet greens, collard greens, celery, mustard greens, herbs, radishes, turnips, chives, honey, strawberries, dried apples, pickles, locally roasted coffees, locally roasted peanuts, homemade egg noodles, olive oil, a variety of baked goods: tortillas, yeast breads, sweet breads, cookies, and pies, a variety of salsas, jams and jellies, dry mixes, decorative and vegetable plants, and a wonderful variety of beautiful crafts.
With so much already at home, I kept my list short. I picked up some mint for tea, some whole wheat flour, 2 dozen eggs, honey, 2 small apple pastries, and two humongous bag of bagel bites (the bagel bites and eggs will be turned into a couple dishes for a locavore event later this week). Of course, none of this even touches on the many jars of homemade, local jam in the cabinet, or the all-local homemade, soups and stewed tomatoes lining the pantry shelves. 

We are just swimming in local, here in Bryan, TX and it's never tasted better! Be sure to check into farmers' markets, CSAs, and family farms in your neck of the woods to find out where the freshest, healthiest, tastiest produce can be found. When in doubt, check Local Harvest, and discover the wonderful world of local food. 

Have a great week, everyone. And, as always, Happy (and mindful) eating! Now, what to eat first...

5 comments:

blondeoverboard said...

is that a moon and stars watermelon? i'm so ready for watermelon again!

Sand Flat Farm said...

Good afternoon! Stumbled upon your blog today and will do some more reading. BTW, my daughter goes to school down there...

Our family is trying to be more self-sufficient. We have a garden at our farmplace. We hope to move out there permanantly in the near future. I think more and more people are beginning to do that, however, for me, my family - parents & grandparents have always been this way.

I look forward to learning some new things from you!

Heather @ SGF said...

blondeoverboard - Actually (this is embarrassing), I don't know anything about watermelons :) What is a moon and stars watermelon? Daddy said he thought this one came from the valley.

Sand Flat Farm - Good for you! It sounds like you are putting some hard work into a more sustainable life. My dad has talked about putting in gardens, getting chickens, etc on his farm so that if anything happened on any or all of us kids, we could all live off his farm. It definitely doesn't hurt to plan ahead and in the meantime, we're doing the right thing for ourselves and the Earth. Way to go and welcome to Simple-Green-Frugal!

blondeoverboard said...

it's a melon that has one or more large yellow blotches and several small yellow speckles making the rind look like the night sky. sometimes they have a yellow flesh. we had a few watermelon starts last year but, alas, the seedlings seemed to be the squirrels second favorite (right behind the corn). now i'm dreaming about pickled watermelon rind :)

Heather @ SGF said...

blondeoverboard - he he. They are coming soon! This one was all pink inside, but it has been pretty juicy! I've been enjoying it!