Woo hoo! Local produce!
Being that we live on the outskirts of the outskirts of town, there isn’t a farmer’s market anywhere within 20 miles of where I live. Recently, though, my friend Cristi told me that there is a sort-of mobile farmer’s market, where the company involved brings bags of local produce to local drop-off points, and one drop-off is only about 3.5 miles from where I live!! It’s called Chef-to-Chef.
The name comes from the fact that the owners originally thought they could sustain their company simply by selling to restaurants, but that proved to be not be economically viable for them, so they branched out to us regular folks, for which I am grateful.
I have found out that, while none of the farms used are certified organic, some are in the process of becoming certified, and all use sustainable farming practices. (One is Crooked Sky Farms, and one is One Windmill Farm, both of whom, apparently, aren’t putting many of their resources into their website.)
One of the good things about living in the desert is that one can farm all year ’round.
So, last Saturday, my hubby picked up our big $25 bag, and it contained:
- a bunch of green onions
- a big bok choy
- about 2 lbs of carrots
- a bag of baby lettuces
- a bag of fresh spinach
- an acorn squash
- a red onion
- five apples
- five white potatoes
- four big tomatoes on the vine
- a bulb of garlic
- a head of broccoli
- 1+ pound green beans
I’m probably forgetting an item or two, as well.
It was all tasty.
The only thing funny was the five small potatoes, which probably amounted to about a pound and a half, maybe. I mean, when I have a family with six people who eat dinner, what am I going to do with only five undersized potatoes?? I ended up slicing them thin and cooking them in olive oil and fresh garlic, and supplementing them with two leftover baked potatoes I had (which I sliced and cooked in the leftover oil… and, at my hubby’s request, served separately, so as to not taint the “good” potatoes).
I’m just thrilled to have fresh, local, healthy produce. 😀