Yesterday’s post is brought to you by the endless task of buying groceries. Now don’t get me wrong because I love good food but grocery shopping is endless. It feels like you go every few days and have so little to show for it. You get home and darn it all but the first item you need is something you forgot or couldn’t find.
We eat a lot of fresh vegetables which is really healthy for us. Garden season isn’t very long which means we rely a lot on the pantry (canned items from the garden), freezer (our fresh produce frozen) or the grocery store. We are addicted to having asparagus and the season here for that is so short. I do like to buy local when I can and our local Coop has a good selection in season. I don’t often hit the farmer’s market because of the geographical location from my house but will stop at a couple of smaller pop up type ones during the week. It would appear this year that I will definitely be buying vegetables from someone else.
I also farm gate a lot of our meat which means I know who raised it and where it was butchered. It’s hit and miss with chickens as I can’t seem to find the quality I am looking for. I do buy locally grown Pine View when I want that farm fresh taste.
It’s interesting to note that there is an increased focus by Canadian producers to educate consumers about various aspects of farming, ranching and various general aspects of living off the land. There was a Twitter trend #plant2015 and I suspect there will be an equivalent harvest one. It’s all part of trying to reach the consumer and let them know how fortunate they are that local farmers care about the land.
Which is why we should buy as much local produce as possible. I read this the other day and think it is worth pondering — If you quit shopping at a big chain store they would never notice your absence but if you start shopping at your local market they will notice your presence.
Now excuse me while I go modify a recipe to create something without one of the key ingredients. Perhaps that is how fabulous new recipes are created!
Part of yesterday’s post was written yesterday after grocery shopping — then it was set aside so we could go outside and enjoy our fire pit. After half an inch of rain and with no wind at all we felt confident that a fire was all righ. So we burnt up 2 Christmas trees and 4 dead evergreens that we had pulled this spring. The lower yard looks quite a bit neater and bigger. I finished it this evening after I modified the appetizer we took to our daughter’s house for Father’s Day supper.