My friends the PostmodernPescatarian and BigMama have both piqued my interest in the 100-Mile diet challenge for some time. There is so much good stuff that can come out of eating local foods grown on local farms and harvested by local hands. Even though it may have a trendy edge to it right now, I love this kind of thing because it feels like a throwback to another era; back before anything I ever dreamed of or wanted could come wrapped in cellophane. Everything old is new again.
When I found out about the farmers market in our town I decided right then that for the time that the market runs - June through September - our family will buy all of our produce from there and not the grocery store. If it's in season, we buy it. If it's not, we won't. Again, we are only two weeks in, but I already love it. Here is last week's haul:
|Going clockwise starting at "noon": zucchini squash in the background,|
kombucha in the foreground, kale greens, fresh ground beef, cucumbers,
crookneck squash, lambsquarters greens, devil's food cupcakes,
boiled peanuts, and local raw honey.
|The lambsquarters is what's in the bag. It is very comparable to spinach.|
I sauteed it with olive oil and mushrooms this week. Heavenly.
|These cupcakes were so unnecessary . . . and so divine!|
|This kombucha was definitely the most "granola" purchase we made,|
but we have enjoyed drinking it this week. It is a "living" food and full
of probiotics. You can find out more general information about it here.
|Going clockwise starting at "noon": carrots, swiss chard, kombucha,|
kale greens, sauerkraut, red and yellow onions, lambsquarters,
lavender bunches, and zucchini & crookneck squash
|Little Big Man loved picking out his carrots.|
|Ruth at BackInTime Farm makes a different flavor kombucha each week.|
Last week was blueberry ginger, this week it's grape.
That is the greatest thing we've found at the farmers market. And that crop is likely to produce all season long.
A few more pictures to close:
|starting out on our walk|
|Brilliant Beauty samples a boiled peanut. A Georgia gal, indeed.|
|She'll have one of everything, please.|
|And Little Big Man's visit last week even made the front page of the|
Sunday Athens Banner-Herald. Have your people call his people and
maybe you can do lunch.