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Locavore vs Foodie

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Sometimes I am not sure what I am. I do eat quite a bit locally, and I eat more real food than I did when I worked and traveled. I definitely support many local businesses, even if they don’t just sell local foods.

But, I am also a foodie, even though I hate that term. I love making recipes from my old Gourmets, and from my Time Life cookbooks of the World. Doing so requires the use of exotic ingredients. I think I have reconciled myself to use local ingredients as much as I can, and use fresh or organic ingredients for those things that don’t grow in the Mid Atlantic ever. Like citrus, olives, most hard grains, beans (trying to dry beans here can be an exercise in futility due to the humidity).

Yesterday my two avocations collided. What else could justify a same day visit to South Mountain Creamery and Wegman’s?

Off on a day trip with a mission. Get unsalted butter, milk and some cheeses to use for Dark Days Challenges. Take pictures on a perfect day to use in future posts. Stop at Wegman’s on the way home to see what they may have in local items in the winter. I am about equi-distant between Frederick and Columbia. Columbia’s Wegman’s will open in June. Frederick is where we go now to get our exotic food fix. I was looking for salsify. They didn’t have any. But, they do have black truffles for $999.00 a pound! Really! People buy them?

I picked up quite a haul including some Kennett Square PA organic mushrooms, and Mock’s Greenhouse Bibb Lettuce, and some CA olive oil (cheaper than my good olive oil from St Helena). Also, raided the olive bar. And found my favorite Doctor Kracker organic spelt crackers. That’s the highlights from Wegman’s.

As for South Mountain:

Besides the cheeses, milk, yoghurt, ice cream and Firefly Farm chevre, I found the Wild Pea’s Hummous, made in Baltimore, and found some of South Mountain’s chicken and pork. With the goodies safely packed in my coolers, I popped around to photograph the cows and the scenery. The calves get milked every afternoon, and children love the farm. There was one family there Saturday morning having ice cream cones and visiting the cows.

So, maybe I am not conflicted about what drives my cooking. I think it’s just a love of good food.

Winter CSA Week Five

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Friday came and went quickly. The delivery was placed on the porch about 4 PM. Egg week, and beef sausage again. Hopefully, now that we have made up for the huge turkey the first week, we will get something larger next week. The meat share averages $10 a week, but the half turkey at Christmas was close to 15 pounds of free range turkey. Hence, the smaller deliveries these past weeks. I am hoping to see pork or chicken soon.

Here is what we got:
four sweet winter carrots
a bag of Yukon gold potatoes
a large red onion
two large “heads” of collard greens
a bag of spinach
four tangelos from the FL farmer

Getting vegetables that are picked the day before you eat them is what makes being a CSA member so satisfying. The broccoli from last week was so much better than what you see in the stores. This week’s spinach went directly into a salad Friday night, and two of the potatoes were used in dinner as well.