Thursday, September 6, 2012

2012 NY Locavore Challenge: Day 5

Yesterday was the fifth day of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's (NOFA-NY) 2012 Locavore Challenge, and I really started to feel like I was really getting into the swing of things....cooking meals from scratch, finding new and interesting ways to use up veggies from our CSA share, researching and planning ways to eat even more locally.

Yesterday's Challenge: Download a Local Food App to Make Finding Local Foods Easier
Apps are super helpful for folks just starting out trying to eat more local foods....they can help you find local farmers markets, tell you what's in season so you can plan your shopping lists, and some even provide you with recipes using local in-season foods.

One app I've used on my iPhone is Locavore - it's available for both iOS and Android devices and is pretty helpful if you're a local foods newbie. I don't use it much because I'm already pretty familiar with the local farmers markets and seasonally available foods, but I'd definitely recommend checking it out!

Yesterday's Food: Cheese
One of my favorite foods to get locally is cheese. I love being able to talk to the farmers about their cows and learn about their living conditions (no cheese from unhappy cows please!) And the taste is incomparable. Local cheese may cost a whole lot more than cheese at the grocery store, but the taste is so intense that a little bit of it goes a long way, so you don't need to buy or eat nearly as much.

I used local feta in grits for breakfast, local fresh mozzarella on pizza for lunch, and Dylan ate local cheddar with his lunch (which he loves).

Yesterday I:
  • Ate/drank local milk, eggs, feta, bell pepper, parsley, garlic, tomatoes, purple basil, fresh mozzarella, salad greens, arugula, sweet pepper, carrots, plums, and beer (15 different foods!)

  • Picked up our CSA share from Roxbury Farm for the week - we got a huge winter squash, bok choy, rainbow chard, bell peppers, sweet Italian peppers, salad greens, arugula, beefsteak tomatoes, plum tomatoes, grape tomatoes, green beans and peaches.

  • Drank my first Pumpkin Ale of the season...and it was locally brewed by Brooklyn Brewery!
Yesterday was a day filled with fantastic local food and drink, and I think today's going to be even better!

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