Grounded in Community
It’s been driving me nuts that peak harvest season was here and I was missing it. Readers of this blog know that I’ve been sidelined with a knee injury+surgery since late August. Last Saturday I was able to hobble to a farmers’ market for the first time since the injury.
I’ve had my CSA share, delivered weekly by a friend, but I missed the festive, county fair atmosphere of the markets and the recipe-exchange chats on site with fellow CSA members.
What I’ve been missing makes me realize how big a part of what I love about a local foods diet is that it is grounded in community. I love it when farmers and their assistants I’ve come to know step out of their stalls at the farmers’ market to give me a hug. I loved saying “hi” to my CSA farmer, Ted Blomgren of Windflower Farm, when his truck pulled up at the Park Slope CSA site today. For the past two months, I’ve been eating local foods, but they were delivered without that direct connection to their source.
On a slightly different note, Tuesday was an exciting day for me. I shot two segments for The Martha Stewart Show and then went directly to my local polling place to vote. There was a line at my polling place–I’ve never had to wait in line to vote before. Well, you know the rest because it’s history.
If you’d like to see the segments I did for Martha (one on ways to preserve herbs for the winter–useful even if you’re just trying to figure out what to do with the rest of that bunch of basil you bought. The other segment is on indoor herb gardening, also useful for a locavore), they air this coming Monday, Nov. 10th (check your local listings for time and channel).
I’ll get to go to the farmers’ market again this weekend. Yay!! Meanwhile, the CSA root vegetables are crowding my crisper drawers. Got to use them up, so tonight I’m working on some soup.
Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes by Leda Meredith