Hunting the elusive local produce
So everyone wants to jump on the grow local, eat local bandwagon. Where to
start? Your neighborhood farmers markets are a great place to begin.
Usually held on Saturdays during the growing season a fresh taste awaits
you. Do a little research before you head out. An internet search for
"seasonal vegetables, produce, meats" will net results for your prey.
Another place to search and find is a high-end grocery store such as Whole
Foods. They deal with local orchardists, berry farms and meat growers. Get
to know your neighborhood and community-support local growers and get
Cooking what you bring home
Cooking your food should begin with proper storage. If you are buying an
item you haven't prepared ask the seller how it should be stored. For
example, fresh tomatoes should never go into the refrigerator. Their flavor is
brought to full with a simple park on your counter. Preferably out of direct
sunlight. Do a little research, ask questions, read labels and manufacturer's
suggestions. Most grocery store clerks are eager to please responding to
most questions with advice you can bank on. After all, in these tough
economic times can you really afford to spend money on food to be thrown
into the trash can due to mishandling? Also consider future use of a bargain
buy. Can I freeze the excess? Will I cook all this and have it eaten before it
wastes? Food for thought.