Local Food Tastes Better

I consider myself lucky having been born and raised in Northern California.  I have traveled extensively and have lived in other states and countries, but I have always managed to come “home” to California.  I really don’t think my parents would have it any other way. And being that I am Californian I have never been of want,  agriculturally speaking.  We grow everything here…practically, and sometimes year round.  But for the first time, which is kind of surprising to me in a good way, is that I am buying what is really in season- LOCAL, and therefore lessening my family’s carbon footprint.  What this means is that I have not eaten tomatoes in a few months, our last batch of apples was just before Christmas, and we are slowly learning to love the root vegetables and citrus.  Oh I must confess that I do still  buy bananas though, because I do have a baby and we love our tropical acai smoothies.  I thought of posting this after my husband came from our local foods marketplace and our box was filled with these lovely tangerines:

yummy

 

I told my kids that this is what “in season” fruit should look like because it has not been transported more than 100 miles.  We also got carrots, potatoes and greens.  To help me out in staying local I try and buy all my produce from our santa cruz local food marketplace.  I also picked up this great local food wheel for the San Francisco Bay Area.  It has really been a fun teaching tool for our whole family.

the food wheel

 

Here’s a super easy recipe with root vegetables:

  • saute one onion and  some garlic
  • add any combination of cut root vegetables such as parsnips, turnips, beets, potatoes, carrots, celery root, etc.  and saute for about 10 minutes.  
  • add chicken broth
  • mash or put in blender  and return to pot.  Add dash of apple cider vinegar (b/c I do that with all my soups) and salt and pepper.
  • enjoy

Now, of course the  best way to stay local is to plant your own garden or participate in a community garden, as well as to preserve  your summer bounty… but I am not always so well organized!  I am going to try better this year with a garden.

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