Monday, September 26, 2011

Autumn "Locavore"

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a locavore is someone who eats food grown locally whenever possible.

I was getting a little depressed by the coming of autumn as I would have to say good-bye to fresh locally grown peaches, watermelon, cherries, apricots, etc., but it was all for naught as nature's bounty didn't fail to to impress when I went food shopping this morning at my local farmer's market. The photo above is the produce I bought. This food should feed my husband and I for the next week. There was so much to choose from that is not included here. There were at least 5 varieties of apples available. Most of this food was grown within 5-10 miles of my home in northeast Pennsylvania. Shown here is Swiss chard, Buttercup squash, baby Italian eggplant, cucumbers, Concord grapes, raspberries, Italian chestnuts, Honeycrisp apples, bosc pears, prunes, Asian pears, cauliflower, hot cherry peppers, and tomatoes. The cost for the above produce was approximately $30. The grapes and raspberries were the most expensive items totaling about $10.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted"
From "Turn, Turn, Turn" by Pete Seeger 
Vegan Kitty? No, not yet.