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Eating Locally

March 29, 2011

In the past 5 years, I’ve done a lot of reading and research on eating locally, on where to shop, on what it means to label something organic. Every winter I search through local community-supported agriculture shares, but inevitably I decide that a weekly commitment especially in the summer when I travel may not be the best idea. Sooo, I decided to try a similar share program where I opt in for however many weeks I want. Right now, I get all sorts of fruits and vegetables every other week. It’s amazing. I bet I’m ready to try a full CSA share before too long!

In my first week, I got lots of wonderful goodies:

  • Leeks
  • Arugula
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Red potatoes and
  • Shiitake mushrooms

Plus many juicy fruits:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Kiwis and
  • Pears

You can also add in special items with each delivery. There’s all sorts of cheese, yogurts, herbs, meats and more that you can pick from based on what you are hoping to cook. I asked for a bunch of fresh meyer lemons to use when making a batch of limoncello with some friends:

I’ll let you know how it works out, but at the very least, you can expect to see the fresh ingredients making appearances in dishes going forward.  A few were used in the Shepherd’s Pie I just posted, and the limoncello is steeping as I type!

 

 

 

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