|Keep your pants on, tulips. It's not that time yet!|
This past year has gone really fast. Maybe that's because I haven't really been denying myself anything. I do feel like I've learned a lot, and I feel like there's so much more to learn.
On the most basic level, I would say that being a locavore - really and truly - does not make sense unless you live in San Francisco or somewhere equally temperate. In the Midwest, at least, it just does not make sense. No citrus, no bananas, very limited selection of nuts, very limited selection of fish. Taken a step further, no chocolate, no sugar, no olive oil. Not really a great way to eat, both in terms of health and in terms of lack of chocolate. Unacceptable.
So 100% locavore, no. But there is so much more out there than people take advantage of. Here are, in no particular order, the top 10 things I have learned over the past year:
- You can generally get something green at the Winter Farmer's market, no matter when in the year it is.
- Milwaukee has two options for salad greens all year round: Sweet Water Organics, and Growing Power.
- Flour from Great River Milling costs way less when purchased from Amazon.
- My husband will not bury a garbage can in our back yard to create a root cellar, but winter squash lasts pretty well in my basement.
- Apples are available all year long at the Winter Farmer's Market, so it is not worth while to can mass quantities of apple pie filling in a ridiculous manner.
- Chutney should be used not only as a garnish, but also to braise things in.
- Canning is exceptionally useful, if done properly.
- Fruit in general
- Bruscetta Topping
- Pickled Zucchini/Zucchini Relish
- Pickled Peppers (or at least in smaller jars if they're going to be so damn spicy)
- Apple Pie Filling (a lot less!)
This blog will not be ending, but it will be changing a little. I'd like to spend more time researching; more time talking about larger topics and not just recipes. I plan on going out to my CSA's farm, and spending more time at the Urban Ecology Center, and Sweet Water Organics. I'd like to learn how to make cheese. I'd like to learn how to make sausage. I'd like to learn how to butcher a pig. My wonderful husband got me a food dehydrator for my birthday, so I see dried things in my future.
I'd like to do more research on the issues that are important to me: GMOs and pesticides, and bad fats vs. good fats, and things I probably don't even know I'm passionate about yet.
This might be more than one year.
All of my visiting and researching might mean a few less posts, and it might mean a few longer ones. I hope you stick with me, if I drop down to once or twice a week. My journey into food is not yet over, and I'm glad to have you along for the ride!