After so much posting I’ve really been thinking about blogging more often, unfortunately we’ve been in the process of trying to move all of my stuff over to new hosting, and the blog has been the last to go. In-fact right now it has still not been moved. I’ve been hesitant to post until after the move, but screw it!
I’ve been trying to do more local food. It’s difficult to keep my resolve without my very strict guidelines I used during the project. My new goal is to just make sure that about 80% of my food is from local sources. I’m not sure if I mean 80% volume or 80% calories yet, but maybe that’ll become more defined later.
I feel the need to defend myself, even though almost all of the feedback I’ve gotten from people has been positive. I *LOVE* exotic awesome imported ingredients. Coconut and it’s oils and milks! avocados! macadamia nuts, vanilla beans, quinoa! The list goes on and on and on.
The truth of the matter is though, our climate here in the Northwest has the ability to produce so much great food, shouldn’t the bulk of our food be local if it’s possible to produce it here?
To some extent I understand globalization and specialization and business and all that. (some extent = very little). For me and my family though, it’s important to eat things that haven’t traveled needlessly.
Yesterday I picked 25 pounds of peaches. I picked 6 pints of berries. I picked a cucumber, a zucchini, an artichoke, and a handful of green beans from our garden. All of them grew here, in my city. There will be jelly and baked goods! It will be glorious. I will try to hold on to this feeling of being connected to my food for as long as I can.