Archive for February, 2011

5 rewarding and relatively easy steps on the locavore road

Do you like the idea of being a locavore, but don’t have the time/energy/motivation to commit to it completely? Here are 5 rewarding and relatively easy steps on the locavore road that you may want to incorporate into your life:

  • Buy local food whenever possible (find grocery stores, farmers markets, and nearby farms that sell local food)   —->This also means that when it comes to fresh food you will be eating seasonally.  
  • Make yogurt and butter from local milk/cream (because it is so easy and so yummy)
  • Preserve some food (dehydrate, can, or freeze food when it is in season, so you can enjoy it all year round!)
  • Grow something edible, which could mean planting a garden or simply having a few potted plants in your windowsill (this is so rewarding and changes your relationship to food)
  • Remember, you don’t have to be a purist. Just do the best you can in your unique situation, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself a little from time to time!

Good Luck!

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Limes, vodka, and Anna’s waning enthusiasm

Dead (or possibly dormant?) dwarf lime tree

You would never know that this lime tree was once a thriving plant that produced various (maybe 8-10) amazing limes for us citrus-deprived locavores. It lost most of its leaves, but the limes continued to grow and we harvested the last one around Christmas. We made some incredible limeade (with honey of course) and even mixed in some Dry Fly Vodka for a locavore cocktail. Dry Fly Distilling is located in Spokane and they produce craft-distilled vodka, gin and whiskey using only locally grown grains and botanicals. Check out their website to learn more: http://www.dryflydistilling.com/.

So, back to the lime tree… The remaining leaves dropped off one by one until the last one drifted off a couple of weeks ago. Which reminds me of Anna’s waning enthusiasm regarding our locavore project. I think I really noticed it around Christmas when she loudly proclaimed at the kitchen table: “I’m done with locavoring!” She has repeated that phrase a time or two since then, but I have not seen her bringing contraband food into the house, so I don’t think she has caved in yet. I think we’ve all had our moments of low morale during this project, but personally, I’m still enjoying it. It helps to know we only have 3 months left!

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