Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eat Fresh...Eat Local...

It's something we're all hearing a lot about now...and it's a great idea! 

Not everyone is able to grow their own produce, but for those of us who can do it, there are lots of opportunities this time of year to eat our own fresh foods...or at least to buy and eat local.

Yesterday I was canning tomatoes, and had a quart jar that did not seal, as well as a jar that wasn't full enough to put in the canner. I put those tomatoes into a kettle, along with some onions and peppers from my garden, and some garlic and celery (from the store).  I simmered them until the veggies were soft, and then Jenna put the concoction through the food mill...

I thickened it with some water and cornstarch, and we had fresh tomato soup!  Sprinkled with parmesan cheese...I haven't gotten so self sufficient as to make that yet!

I cut some of the red potatoes from our garden into wedges, tossed them in olive oil and coated them with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and baked them...

And added some cherry tomatoes from the garden to a (purchased) lettuce salad...and we had a delicious lunch! 

I could have grown my own lettuce, but we don't eat enough of it to make it worthwhile. 

It can sometimes be more time consuming, but I think it's satisfying to see what all we can grow or buy locally.  I'd like to hear some of your ideas on the subject...


  1. Good points Alica local is the best. I am very very hungry now thank you. You should grow Kale we eat it just like lettuce and it freezes well for the winter. Oh my goodness I have to go you made me hungry oh yes I said that mmmmm. Bye for now. B

  2. On good gardening years, I grow and can a lot of my own food, but this year hasn't worked so well. That lunch looks awfully yummy.

  3. Well, you could feed the extra lettuce to the chickens or goats!

  4. ohh that looks indeed very Yummy! I love fresh tomato soup, it is probably my most favorite soup of all!

    And thank you soo much for you sweet comment and little prayer on my blog Monday!


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