Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I have been thinking of myself as a gatherer lately. The original native people were just that, that had to gather roots, berries, go on the big hunts, and amass their food for each season. I used to just make a mad dash into Price Chopper and get everything, but lately, with trying to eat local and organic more, it talks planning, and willingness to go to different sources.
Today, I went to the local farmer's co-op, the place where the farmers get clothes, boots, and supplies. It's the best kept secret, but the farmers sell some of the dairy products from their creamery there. Today, I got the butter tub. Sweet local butter, to fill my butter bell with. ( the butter bell, by the way is here, it is genius, and my family is loving spreadable butter). Also at the farmers store, I found fresh made and canned horseraddish. I put this in lots of stuff. Next year, I'm growing my own, but for now, I have a new supply, made 60 min from here. The butter is from 40 min away.
Beef farm, co-op, farm stands, growers, I have amasses a cast of food sources for the gathering of my food. I am learning to buy ahead, and buy in larger quanities, so I have my local stash of ingredients. Next up, is my own challenge to have a local Thanksgiving dinner. I have put the word out and am looking for a locally grown turkey. I want all the dishes I make to come from local food sources. Looking forward to it!!!!!!