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Posted at 4:34 PM on June 3, 2008 by April Luginbuhl (6 Comments)
For those of you who have shared frozen food ideas- Thank you! Please keep the ideas coming.
Research on local markets is still going slowly, but I know of two markets opening up nearer to my house this week than the others I've found so far and both are at times that at this point I think I can make. So, here is hoping that by this time next week I can share the delights of finally eating local produce!
It seems that market season here starts largely in June, and is full swing by July. Late June and early July is our due date too, so I might be stuck eating more from the grocery than normal right after we bring the baby home. We'll see how it all plays out. Moving away from our CSA certainly complicated my locavore eating intentions. I had no idea how easy my CSA subscription made it for me to eat locally. It was so very convenient to have that weekly pick up all set, the food pre-purchased, and a community of fellow subscribers to pick up the food in case I wasn't able to make the drop off and for whom I could return the favor. Moving to a new town makes that harder since I am only slowly getting to know where the CSAs and markets are, adjusting to their location, and then making the connections with people to trade pick-ups for each other. I'm realizing that eating locally is a way to eat communally. You get to know the others who buy from a particular farmer and help each other since it isn't always possible to go to every single produce pick up. Not to mention the trading of recipes, storage tips, and all of that.
I'm curious how many of you have had to jump over some hurdles to become part of the local food scene where you are. I feel like my struggles are closely tied to being so new in town; we only just moved here 3 short months ago. I wonder for those of you who have lived in your towns for a while, but never considered eating locally, is there a similar learning curve? How many of you just joined a CSA recently? Are you finding it easier to eat locally with a CSA than before?
Thanks for your thoughts!
The CSA I belonged to last year required a subway schlep into a different NYC borough (I live in the Bronx, and the pick-up was in Manhattan), then lugging all those vegetables home. There were CSAs closer to my house but their pick-up times didn't work with my hours. This year, there is a new CSA right up the block from my house, and I'm no longer working, so I'm looking forward to the convenience, especially since the closest Farmer's Market to me is only in operation on Saturdays, and that also requires a bus ride into a different borough!
A friend and I are splitting a CSA share this summer. We live in Medina County, south of Cleveland. Since we are both empty-nesters this will be a great way for us to experience a variety of produce at a nominal cost and supplement our own small kitchen gardens.
Posted by Pat Brannon | June 4, 2008 2:03 PM
Lucky, lucky baby, to be born into a family that will feed it well :-). And thank you for the response to my post. I dropped in here to see what was up with you after I read it, and I can see the similarities in our circumstances. We'll both do fine.
Posted by Cher | June 5, 2008 4:07 PM
I'm part of a group of young couples starting new a distribution point for one of the local CSAs - CityFresh. We'll be distributing our first shares (almost 120 of them!) next week. We've been amazed at the response from our community.
April, I'd love to interview you for our newsletter about your experiences eating locally in your new home. If you're interested, please email me at griffon48 AT yahoo.com. Thanks!
Posted by Jessi | June 6, 2008 9:45 AM
it seems indeed that market access is also situation dependent. I'm glad you have a closer market this year! As long as the produce is good you too will feel spoiled. I'm also glad to know that it is relatively normal to have to drive a bit for local produce. It all amounts to priorities I suppose.
Enjoy the CSA. We used to split an order too in Columbus with my sister in law and her husband. That made the food an incredibly affordable price, ensured someone could always make the pick up, and nothing ever went to waste. Usually they liked what we didn't and vice versa. I hope you have a great season.
Thanks for the support Cher!
Jessi, yes, let's talk. I have been trying to figure out City Fresh since they seem like they might be the answer to some of my produce access problems.
Posted by April | June 6, 2008 4:09 PM
I'm embarassed to admit it, but I seem to have deleted your email. Could you resend?
Posted by Jessi | June 13, 2008 1:50 PM