Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 NY Locavore Challenge: Days 11-13

This week I've continued my adventure with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's (NOFA-NY) 2012 Locavore Challenge, and have really been enjoying shopping for, cooking, and preparing local food (to the point where I've been spending so much time in the kitchen that I haven't had time to blog for the past few days).

Tuesday's Challenge (Day 11): Plant an Herb or Window Garden
I've grown container herb gardens outside before, but never inside on my windowsills. It's definitely something I want to give a shot though this fall/winter. There's nothing like fresh herbs to really add great flavor to big pots of soup, home-baked loaves of bread, and slow-roasted vegetables all winter long. I'll be sure to write a post about setting up my garden when I find the time!

Tuesday's Food: Mint
This is definitely one of the herbs I'll be planting in my indoor garden. I love fresh mint in the summer in mojitos and tabbouleh, but it's also great to have on hand to make fresh herbal mint tea all winter long.

Wednesday's Challenge (Day 12): Go Ahead and Cheat - with an Organic & Fair Trade Treat
My favorite organic and fair trade treat is coffee...I'm not shy about my addiction to the stuff (I limit myself to 3-4 pretty large cups a day), and I've really been enjoying it even more lately now that I've been adding local milk to it and sweetening it with local honey. I usually get my coffee at Trader Joe's, Target (their house brand Archer Farms has a decent organic and fair trade coffee selection), or I buy Newman's Own coffee from the regular grocery store. I really do want to find a way to purchase locally-roasted coffee though!

Wednesday's Food: Locally Crafted Chocolate
Chocolate is something I actually don't eat very often...but when I do I always get it from Lake Champlain Chocolates. I discovered these chocolates when I lived in a suburb of Burlington, VT. They're expensive, but are hands-down the best chocolates I've ever tasted. They're no longer considered "locally crafted" for me now that I live in New York, but I'll continue to enjoy my Lake Champlain Chocolates twice a year, in my Christmas stocking, and on Valentines Day,

Thursday's Challenge (Day 13): Create a Meal Using Local Grains
I've decided to start purchasing grains and flour from Cayuga Pure Organics once I use up my current pantry supply of non-local grains...that just hasn't happened quite yet. I'll probably be placing my first order with Cayuga early next week, and will definitely be posting some new recipes once I start cooking with their products!


Thursday's Food: Emmer/Farro
I've never actually eaten farro...I guess that's true of a lot of whole grains out there. I was discussing this with Ed the other day, how my grain experience has been severely limited to ground wheat in the form of flour, rice, corn, and the occasional barley in soup. I really want to push myself in the coming months to try a bunch of different grains, starting with some from Cayuga Pure Organics!

During Days 11-13 (Tuesday-Thursday) I:
  • Ate/drank local milk, eggs, butter, honey, apples, onions, parsley, beets, potatoes, carrots, garlic, maple syrup, green beans, beer, bread, basil, arugula, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes (19 different foods).
  • Cooked 8 mostly-local meals at home from scratch (my in-laws fed us dinner on Wednesday.)
  • Got my first home milk delivery from The Hudson Milk Company...I've tasted the milk and I have to say that it is hands-down the best milk I've ever had!
  • Added even MORE foods to my milk order for next week...we'll be getting eggs, Greek yogurt and cheese delivered too!
I hope y'all are having a great week filled with lots of local food goodness, and that you have time to make to a farmers market or farm stand this weekend!

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