While I am, in principle, a big fan of the locavore, 100-mile diet movement, I really don’t think I’m ever going to manage to eat one hundred percent local. I’m very fond of olive oil, for instance. And mangoes. But it does give me a thrill when I realize that everything on my plate was produced within a fifty mile radius of my house. This was a recent dinner of grilled lamb chops, Japanese eggplant and asparagus, all purchased at the downtown farmer’s market.
The eggplants are greenhouse grown by Hedlin Farms over in LaConner, about ten miles away, and the asparagus was from Frog’s Song farm on Fir Island. And the lamb is from Linda Martiny, an enthusiastic raiser of Suffolk sheep from the upper Skagit Valley. She’s been selling cuts of young lamb at the farmer’s market this season, and it’s such wonderful quality that we’ve already ordered a half a lamb from this week’s processing. Can’t wait!
The wine, a Two Mountain red blend from Zillah, WA, is not precisely local – on the other hand, we bought it at the winery last year. The Perrier, of course, is as non-local as you can get. Pity, I was on a roll there. But the flowering branches on the table are from my own Japanese Snowbell tree!
From our own garden, we’ve also been eating our own fresh garlic scapes (shown above, grilled), parsley and tiny ripe strawberries. Now that’s local.
What local foods have you been eating this week?