I’m currently engrossed in Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year In Food Life. In it Kingsolver dramatically recounts her family’s year of eating only locally grown foods. I was so inspired I decided to do a little test this weekend and only buy Oregon grown produce for our family, despite it being the heart of winter.
My little experiment would have been a lot easier had I chosen a weekend when a winter’s farmers’ market was open, but alas I did not. Instead I headed to New Seasons, thinking they’d have a similar selection to the farmers’ market, right? The produce looked amazing when I walked in but I was disappointed to come away with only the following Oregon-grown produce: shallots, russet potatoes and turnips. The kale was marked “Oregon-grown” but on closer inspection of the label it was from California. I threw in some California baby carrots because we can’t live without those in our house and called it good.
The produce I did find will make a great stew from the free-range beef I picked up this past week from Abundant Life Farm. Next weekend the experiment continues but at the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market. I have a feeling I’ll have better luck but I’ll let you know.