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Eating Locally: Lunches This Week

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In order to give my husband a break from cooking a completely local meal this week, I decided to concentrate on what I have been eating most days for lunch. I know I get into lunch ruts and this is one of them. The beauty of it is that I have been eating mostly local items for lunch, and for breakfast all week.

The best part of this choice, the last of my canned pickles.

With my CSA delivered eggs, some CSA celery and definitely not local mayo, my husband made a batch of egg salad for me. It has lasted for four days. The color is only from the yolks, no mustard. There is salt and pepper in it as well. Here is all that is left in the bottom of the storage container. Getting down to the dregs of the salad and time to make a new batch.

While talking about eating locally, for the Dark Days Challenge, my breakfast has included a local item most days as well.

My neighbor’s canned concord grape jelly on toast. Wish I had some Atwater’s bread for it, but due to my diet restrictions after the surgery, I need to eat soft breads. Can’t wait to get back to real food.

You can still eat most meals with a major component coming from local vendors and sources, and skip the processed stuff at the store. My mayo is organic, but obviously not made from scratch. That is a bit much to ask my hubby, who is still carrying the brunt of the cooking load since I can’t stand over the counter and cook until the doctor clears me.

Fifteen weeks into this challenge. Eating locally grown or made items at least one meal, and usually more every week. We are lucky to live in a fresh food oasis, instead of a food desert.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

10 responses »

  1. Hey there! I’ve started writing in my journal about your posts,places to go things to try and original quotes. I love the last line of this post!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • Thanks, this weekend we are going to stop out at TLV Tree Farm since the farm store is open, and get cheese and butter from Bowling Green. Plus, I need bacon to use with all the greens we are getting in the CSA box.

      Maybe lunch at the Town Grill in Lisbon, before posting about them.

  2. Annie – Your lunches look wonderful. It has me craving some egg salad. I just picked up some eggs from a farm neat by…. I see egg salad in me future.

    • I’m looking for a farm nearby Columbia to purchase eggs,any suggestions? I love to get them straight from the farm or from someone that has chickens. Thanks in advance for your help!

      • Breezy Willow or TLV Tree Farm, both about 8-10 miles from Columbia.

        Once the farmer’s markets start, you can buy them there as well. Both farms come to Columbia to market.

        Mine right now come from the CSA, but in the summer they will be from Breezy Willow or South Mountain, both at Glenwood market.

        • Thanks so much,I’m a huge fan of the markets from Charlottesville to York and anywhere between! Looking forward to taking pictures,cooking and eating all of my wonderful finds. Thanks for mentioning the farms,I would love to find a local person that has a coop. I’m from Southern VA, fresh farm eggs and even from araucania chickens cost me $1.39/ a dozen which is amazing and wonderful. I know that’ll never happen here but I can’t always keep eggs from home since I don’t get down there as much add I would like to so getting them as close to the source here would be great! Thanks again!

  3. My hard-boiled eggs are cooling as I type! Thanks for the inspiration! I might even make homemade mayo for the first time! And I have celery and green onions out back… YIPPEE! – DDC here I come!

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  5. Those pickles look yummy. Think I’ll open up a jar to enjoy with my corned beef sammie today!


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