Since my CSA ended last week, I decided to stop at the farmers' market on my way home from work this week. Thinking all I would find would be carving pumpkins and apple cider, I was surprised to find some wonderful foods! Don't count those farmers' markets out just yet!
Apples: I bought two 1/2 peck bags at a buy one, get one free price. These were Empire apples from Pease Orchard. These are nice, crisp, white-fleshed apples created at Cornell University, and perfect for packing in a lunch box. I also bought 4 Baldwin apples for $1. Baldwin apples originated in 1740 as a chance seedling on a farm in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The woman I bought these from said she has only one Baldwin that grows on her property in our town.
Peppers: Much to my surprise, I thought pepper season in New England was over due to the cool nights we've been having. But, I picked up six of these red and green signs of summer, and plan to dice and freeze for some pots of chili during the winter freeze.
Onions: Since onions will stay good for a while as long as they're stored in a cool dry place, I bought all of the onions left from one farmer. I start almost every dinner dish I prepare with garlic and onions. And for about 10 onions, I only spent $2.
Tomatillos: For $4, I bought tomatillos from two different farmers selling them ($2 a piece). I plan on making some salsa verde with these late season nightshades.
Sunchokes: Also known as a Jerusalem artichokes, these are the tubers from a particular type of sunflower. They are high in inulin, a type of polysaccharide. Inulin is considered a prebiotic, or a "food" for the good bacteria in your gut. I've never eaten sunchokes before, but they are supposed to be eaten like potatoes. Any other tasty ideas?
Low-fat milk: This milk was being sold by the Templeton Developmental Center. They have their folks working at a local farm to milk the cows, and then the milk is processed and sold at the farmers' market.
Local chicken: I bought a frozen chicken, born and raised in our town, and processed in Westminster, VT. The farmer said the closest facility where he could bring his poultry to be processed was in VT. There are ones closer, but this one allows for processing and sale at the farmers' market.
I'll definitely have some recipes to post with some of these great, local ingredients!
Someone asked me recently what the topic of my blog was. I was having a hard time putting into words what I write about. I'm an RD, but I don't write this blog to inform others about nutrition on a professional basis, although many of the philosophies I have on food and eating come through in each post. It's not really a recipe blog either, as I only post recipes 1-2 times per month. It's not really an exercise blog, although I do share my exercise experiences and race results on here from time to time. Originally, I had started it as a way to document my experience eating local foods; it's turned into a sort of personal journal, and I'd like to get back to the food aspect as much as possible. I want it to be about connecting the local food I eat to the place I live (or visit), while maintaining a life balance and sharing related experiences and anecdotes along the way.
In that same vein, I visited Salem, MA this weekend for some pre-Halloween fun and partook in the local food scene and rich history that Salem has to offer. Salem is the city famously known for the witch trials. And here's some other facts I bet you didn't know about Salem:
- Salem was originally called Naumkeag, but renamed "salem" meaning "peaceful" in Hebrew.
- Salem is considered the third most haunted city in the United States.
- During the Salem Witch Trials, one hundred and forty people were accused, 19 were hanged, and one was pressed to death for witchcraft.
- Old Bet, the first elephant to come to America arrived first in Salem.
And while I forgot to bring my camera to document this, I want to offer you this instead:
While I may be trying to refocus my blog, at least I haven't lost my sense of humor.
Question of the Day: How do you eat local this time of year?