Beginning with the first week of June, we pick up a weekly box of vegetables (and sometimes fruits) at our local farmers market. We’ve joined the CSA program from VanHoutte Farms in Armada, MI – a family farm located only 30 miles from our house.
There are actually TWO seasons for raspberry here in SE Michigan, which makes me very happy. Summer berries ripen from early July until August, and I can sometimes find a few from local farmers. Fall berries, though, are more plentiful around here.
We’ve been home from vacation for a few weeks, now. I’ve been making a LOT of bread from the wheat we brought back from Montana, including this no-knead bread. I’ve marked this particular post “Local Harvest” — while the wheat wasn’t grown in Michigan,
We were driving across I-90 in Montana – a seemingly endless road – and spotted a billboard advertising a bakery and deli. “Brownies!” we thought, and pulled off the road for a snack. The brownies were great. We found a lot more to like,
I prefer to eat local food, sourced as close to the farm as possible: I get fresher food, I help support the nearby farming community, and it tastes amazing. Sometimes, though, I make exceptions. Let me tell you about my experience with peaches.
We had snow and hail last week, but it’s in the 90s today: welcome to springtime in SE Michigan. I’m working on the garden this week – first setting the chives and all the other herbs to rights, and then planting my favorite tomatoes.
I like to eat with the season. For me, strawberries in January are, well, weird – strawberries are for early summer (unless I froze some!) I prefer to eat local produce; especially for vegetables, I like food that hasn’t been shipped and warehoused.
It’s the end of the garden: our CSA’s last distribution. We’ve already had our first frost, and it’s time for the farmers to let their fields rest. I’ll still have fresh local crops – I’ll just have to get them from my local Farmers Market.
We had our first frost last Frida, so it’s only because our CSA has high tunnel greenhouses that we still have some tomatoes. This week our box contained sweet potatoes, red tomatoes, green tomatoes, baby ginger, beets, eggplants, and a greens mix for salads.
Tomatillos! This week’s basket has tomatillos, just in time to make a really interesting salsa with the last of the season’s tomatoes. We also have kale, baby collard greens, sweet potatoes, mint, celeriac, and nasturtium leaves and flowers for a bright peppery salad.