Conversations at our dinner table are often centered around the farm, and more recently, about how to have an "all local meal". This is much harder than it seems. You would think, given our lifestyle and availability of fresh produce, that this wouldn't be that big of a challenge, but it certainly is. On an almost nightly basis, Kade (our 9 year old) would ask during dinner, "Is this an all local meal?" and we'd have to tell him no for one or two things (cheese, rice, pasta...). We have had numerous conversations about how this local meal was going to happen, and also how challenging it is. Well, as of a few nights ago, we finally succeeded!
We cooked vegetable soup with our canned tomatoes, frozen sweet corn, frozen green beans, zuchinni, rutabaga, carrots and broccoli, a fresh salad from the garden and bread made locally by John Benschoter (Yummy!). It was excellent, and Kade was very happy.
We love that Kade is so into the idea of eating local, and we feel that he really understands the reasons behind it. He expresses them daily to his classmates.... : ) Eilah very much enjoyed helping her dad make the vegetable soup. She enjoyed tasting all the fresh vegetables, even the rutabaga once it was cooked and easier to manage.
Since we've now had our first official all local meal, we are on a mission to try to eat locally, even more than before. If you have accomplished this, or have any ideas, please let us know. We'd love to hear them!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )