May 2008 archive

Apology and a short post

Life keeps intruding on my blogging but I’ve told a lot of people I sell heirloom tomatoes to about this blog so I guess I need to be better about staying current.  Since it’s finally spring, the local crops popping up at the market and in my garden get me motivated to start cooking and blogging about it again.

So one of the easiest recipes in the world:
Strawberries – must be local and preferably warm from the sun (sliced)
Penzeys vanilla sugar – sprinkle on strawberries and wait 15 minutes.  Sigh with delight.

This is an interesting fact from the great blog, 100 Mile Diet:

I panicked when flood damage prevented nearly half the local farmers from planting in 2007. Sure, I didn’t consider myself a big proponent of local foods; I just like putting the best, freshest meals on the table for my wife and son. Still, I freaked, and scoured the web for lists of farmers’ markets, direct retailers and other places where I could get local food.

I made the mistake of doing this at work. My boss was, shall we say, very interested in how I spent my day. I showed him a host of places to get food that I never knew was available locally: meats, cheeses, butter—a lot more than corn on the cob and salad greens. Then I bet him I could do an entire meal using nothing but local foods. He took me up on it, and challenged me to do it for a year.

My boss is a politician: New York State Senator Tom Libous.

Food crops and meats are a $50-million industry in his district around Binghamton, NY. Our math showed that if we could get each of the 110,000 households he represents to have just one $15 all-local meal each week, we could add $86 million a year to the local economy.

Think about what you could do for farmers and for your local economy by just eating one local meal a week.  If you’re up for the challenge, join me over at the 2008 One Local Summer blog.