Monday, May 31, 2010

Local Living ~ first trip to the farmers market

I was crazy excited to see that our farmers market was going to be open when we got home from vacation. I stopped in with my grocery list first thing Saturday morning and got as many things as I could from local vendors for this weeks menu. The season is just getting started, so things are limited... but I felt great getting back to my local living lifestyle.

I LOVE living as local as possible. I try very hard to maintain a average of 80% local or used.... but don't get me wrong, I am VERY grateful for California. All those endless fields of crops like spinach, artichokes, and strawberries have treated us well in the months we could not grow anything but asparagus up here in the temperate North, so I am grateful. At the same time though, I strongly believe that if you CAN get it local, you SHOULD get it local. I think that the biggest issue with global buying is that we buy things from South America, that we could be getting from our own backyard.

This weeks list: Leaf lettuce (just waiting for our crop to get bigger in the garden, talk about local! Less than 30 ft would be about as local as you could get. :) ), a big loaf of 7 grain bread, some peppered beef jerky (free range and organic), new carrots, sweet peas, and pears and cherries from just on the other side of the mountains.

The season is off to a great start. Now only if it would STOP raining!

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4 comments:

Snugbug said...

Yum- I haven't ventured out to the farmer's market yet but should. I love it there :)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Yay!! Our first share of our CSA was delivered to our house this thursday and we've been chowing down on yummy (organic!) salad greens, radishes, chinese cabbage/mustard greens, scallions, and arugula all weekend!! Just made the yummiest dip ever this afternoon with my radishes.

Curious about what you have in that jar....hmmm.

xoxo
pink and green mama
MaryLea

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Hey Marylea... :) They are terrariums. There are three... we made them here:

http://goddesshobbies.blogspot.com/2010/03/indoor-ecosystems.html

I LOVE them! We have only had to water them once since we made them. One had a slug in it, and we had to take it outside. But other than that, they have been nothing but a joy. :)

Blessings,

Val

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

of course!! That's what they looked like but since it was with your farmer's market stuff I thought maybe there was some kind of rare mushroom you can only buy still growing in a jar of dirt!! LOL! : )

We love our two terrariums -- we have baby snails in one and they're quite happy and we moved our pet snail "Tiny" (who is ironically huge now!) into our biggest terrarium and he's VERY happy there (but I do have to clean snail poo out of it now!)