Over the years I’ve worked at spending more of my summer hunting down local produce (and meat, sometimes) to both enjoy it now and preserve it for later. I like being able to control my “food mileage,” but more importantly I like supporting my local farms. There are precious few of them left and it’s up to us to make sure they survive. Ginormous corporate farms can use a lot of questionable practices or are at the mercy of Monsanto, so the more I can support my local people and keep them around, the better.
Here’s an example of enjoying the bounty now. Half whole wheat/half all-purpose pancakes with blueberries. I picked them this past Tuesday at Dondero Orchards in Glastonbury, Connecticut. I love this place. They are small but have pretty much all you could desire–I picked peaches and blueberries this particular day but they also had raspberries and some early apples. I picked strawberries in June there. And they have the best cider donuts I have ever, ever tasted. So there you go.
My basic pancake recipe can be found here.
I also have been canning more or less on par with last year, but hopefully this year’s pickles won’t be a disaster like last year’s. I made a half-batch of blueberry jam using the recipe in the Sure-Jell packet on Tuesday and Spiced Peach Jam (Ball Blue Book) on Thursday, along with 6 pints of Garlic Dill pickles using a recipe from Food In Jars, one of my favorite sites. I’m hoping to make some tomatillo salsa. I noticed some tomatillos at the farmer’s market on Thursday and if I get my act together this morning I’ll go down there and get some before I head north for a family reunion. I snagged a pepper–the recipe called for “long green peppers,” which is extraordinarily vague–from a friend of a friend’s garden. It looks like a spicy pepper. Ideally I’ll find a jalepeno at the market as well for the salsa but I’m not banking on it.
And lastly I leave you with some truly local produce–stuff I’ve grown myself. These were the first three squashes I pulled out last week. The yellow squash came from an inorganic flat I bought just in case my heirloom veggies didn’t make it, since the seedlings I grew at home got crushed in transit. But as you can see, there’s a zucchini! That’s one from the seeds I started in April. I’ve only gotten two zucchini so far. I think I’m the only person who does not get mountains of the stuff, no matter how often I grow it.
Enjoy your weekend!