Lessons in Eating Local

by Lesley on March 17, 2010 · 4 comments

in food

Farm

In October I blogged about our new adventures in seasonal eating. Since Jonathan and I have now spent one cold, dark winter with our farm box, it’s about time for a very honest update about the experience.

For the most part, our adventures in local, seasonal eating have been just as I’d hoped they would be. I still think it’s fun to pick up our box down the street at a neighbor’s house rather than peruse the Savemart produce aisles. I love how many new kinds of veggies we’ve tried that I never would have bought before. I love learning how to cook veggies in different ways and feel like I’ve become a much better cook as a result. I also enjoy the feeling of surprise when I open my box each week. It’s as if I’ve just received a very healthy birthday present! Tonight we found chard in the box, which became a perfect green option with our corned beef. I’m so glad I didn’t purchase cabbage at the store.

Alas, there are downsides to the farm box. It wouldn’t be fair if I acted like this eating local thing is easy. It’s not. In fact, there have been several times this winter when I’ve stomped around our kitchen at 11pm, rushing to chop and cut and bag and freeze produce before we left town for the weekend. (Because- YIKES- produce spoils quickly!)

There have also been weeks when we got squash (again) and carrots (again) and broccoli (again). Right now I have three bunches of broccoli that are frozen until I feel ready to eat that horrid vegetable one more time. I’ve steamed it and roasted it and put it into a fatty, cheesy soup. No more. I. Am. Done.

Fortunately, winter is almost to an end. Two weeks ago we had our first bunches of asparagus–a sign of spring! (I LOVE fresh asparagus. Proof in this post.)┬áVery soon we’ll say goodbye to the roots, potatoes and greens we’ve had all winter. Instead, we’ll have strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and melon. What are you most looking forward to in spring’s culinary offerings?

If you get a farm box or visit a farmer’s market frequently, then check out this blog called Farm and a Frying Pan. It’s a helpful way to learn how to pick, clean, store and cook your produce each week.

picture credit here.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Share
4 comments
April
April

I'm so glad to hear that you have enjoyed (for the most part) your farm fresh produce - Jeff and I have been talking about doing this for a while. I discovered this winter that I am indeed a spring/summer girl...all because of the fruit and vegetable selection available! I can't wait for strawberries and peaches and nectarines - Oh, I could go on and on! Thanks for the link on picking and storing fresh produce - we're signing up this week!

Tammy Powell
Tammy Powell

Hey Lesley! Found your blog from your Facebook :) Aaron and I also participate in a Community Sustained Agriculture program and I know what you mean about getting sick of broccoli (etc) and frantically trying to pack vegetables to keep over the weekend! I'll have to get the name of the farm you guys get your box from when we get up there :)

Alysun
Alysun

It's cool that you get stuff in the summer too. In the NW we rely on produce from Mexico that was picked 2 weeks under-ripe. Yuck. I buy my veggies frozen in the winter and don't miss the frantic preservation requirements from the summer. This being said, you have my eagerly anticipating garden bounty again.

nicole
nicole

i have thought about getting one of these boxes before! especially because i liked that a box of food was delivered to your doorstep every week. i found this website called Sunday Suppers a while back that has a lot of great recipes & is aesthetically lovely to look at. you'll get hungry just looking at the pictures.. http://sunday-suppers.blogspot.com/