Pleasant Surprises Already

Assorted Peppers

Going Local: Liz’s Day 1

While I can’t say that I am an experienced cook, I really do love to experiment in the kitchen.  And I can already tell this week will be quite an experiment with lots of new recipes and even new foods to try.   Here’s a summary of today…

Breakfast was an egg frittata made with local eggs from Cooper’s Ark,  zucchini, tomato and onion from various farms at the Troy Waterfront Market on Saturday.

I had an early lunch, so I ended up having an amazing peach from the market and some Maple flavored Old Chatham Sheep’s Milk Yogurt.  Later on, I snacked on some Edamame from Cornell Farms in Rensselaer County, NY  and some local cheddar cheese.  (Pleasant surprise #1: Edamame grows right here in New York!)

For dinner, I made stuffed red peppers and a salad with veggies from the market.  For the peppers,  I used grass-fed, hormone-free beef from Sweet Tree Farms in Carlisle, NY and sauteed it with onions and garlic from the market.  I then mixed the beef with black beans, tomatoes and a little basil.  I stuffed everything into fresh red pepper from the farmer’s market and topped it off with a little local cheddar cheese and baked it until heated through.  (Pleasant surprise #2: the local co-op carries black beans in bulk that are grown in New York!)

So in the first day I have already enjoyed two foods, edamame and black beans, that I never would have thought were grown in New York.  Over the weekend while shopping for groceries for this week, I was really surprised to learn that foods like these can be purchased from local sources and it made me think about how out of touch I am, as are many others I’m sure, with where my foods really come from and what the local farm community really consists of.    

Posted in Going Local by Liz on September 16, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

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