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Born and raised in central Maine, my youth was spent mowing the lawn, kicking a soccer ball against the garage doors, and trying to sneak sugar cereal out of the kitchen cupboards after I was put to bed. More about Tim

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Meeting my fellow locavores

Posted at 2:07 PM on July 16, 2008 by Autumn Long (5 Comments)

There's much locavore news to report this week! I dug some new potatoes on Saturday (including some gorgeous blue potatoes that are a startlingly deep, rich violet in color), and they taste great. It looks like we will have a good crop (is that the right term?) of potatoes this year. Last night we grilled the first yellow squash and zucchini of the season, and, man, did they taste delicious! What's more, the chanterelles have arrived somewhat early this year, so we've enjoyed several meals featuring these delicious wild mushrooms in the past couple of weeks. My new favorite seasonal work-night supper is a simple dish of pasta tossed with sautéed onions, garlic, chanterelles, and kale; fresh basil, parsley, and oregano; a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil; and a topping of parmesan cheese. Quick, local, and delicious!

Last but certainly not least, on Sunday we received a visit from Michigan locavore Donna and her lovely daughter, Anna! They were on a road trip to Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm outside of Staunton, Virginia, and contacted me about swinging by our place on their way back to Kalamazoo. I'll let Donna tell you all about her trip upon her return, but let me just say that she and Anna are as sweet as I imagined they would be. She's as nice in person as her blog entries suggest. Despite a long, slow drive over the mountains from Virginia, they arrived in good spirits on Sunday afternoon and were ready to stretch their legs on a little tour around our place. I was glad to be able to serve our guests a lunch of farm-fresh produce: new potatoes with sautéed chanterelles, onions, and rosemary; lettuce salad; and homemade yogurt with blueberries and peaches. We had a great time getting to know Donna and Anna in person; my only disappointment was that the visit was too short!

Meeting Donna and Anna makes me hope that someday we Splendid Table locavores will be able to have a "family reunion" (preferably on a tropical island with rum cocktails served in coconut shells...the public broadcasting budget allows for this sort of thing, right?). Ahh, well, I can dream.

Comments (5)

Those meals sound terrific.

BTW, another quick dinner or breakfast is to make a nice fritatta using garlic,onions, new potatoes,zucchini and or yellow squash, basil, oregano,and cheese is a good plan. Serve it up with some good bread and a salad. I am out of eggs so I need to go to the co-op to get some today so that I can make one myself. Then when I get home I am going to eat the greens and potatoes my mom made on Sunday.

I agree that we should have a reunion. It will probably be in Minneapolis - St. Paul because that's where Lynn R-K is. Perhaps she'll cook for us!


Posted by P. Thompson | July 16, 2008 6:18 PM

Paulette, your description of that fritatta is making my mouth water! I'm definitely gonna whip up one of those babies A.S.A.P. Let's hope we can pull off a locavore reunion; I'd be happy to have Lynn R-K cook for me just about anywhere...even Minneapolis! ;-)

Posted by Autumn Long | July 18, 2008 9:59 AM

Nah Paulette - we need to have a reunion somewhere where the local foods is completely different that anything that all of us can get - some place close to an ocean for me and where there might be some citrus trees! That would perk up my diet!!

But MPLS/STPL also would be fun - just not in the middle of January!

Posted by Scott | July 20, 2008 6:22 PM

Now you're talkin', Scott. I think Key West would fit the bill perfectly...

Posted by Autumn Long | July 21, 2008 10:47 AM

Hey Autumn, we returned home to an intensive house painting project so it's taken me a while to get back into blogging. My take on our wonderful visit is now posted. Looks like momentum is building for a LN get-together - I'm game for Key West or MPLS/STPL, too! :)

Posted by Donna McClurkan | July 21, 2008 1:02 PM