I know it's been a minute since I last blogged... Sometimes I get in that mood where nothing seems blog-able. But I know you all are dying to know what I've been up to and what kind of shenanigans I'm planning on getting myself into... so here goes.
I am planning on eating 100% local for 100 days this summer. I am still working out the kinks, but all the food I purchase is going to be grown here in Iowa, and the restaurants I go to are all going to be locally owned.
Now, I know what you're thinking... Alisa, what are you going to do about salt? I have no idea.
I woke up wondering that myself.
However, I also woke up with a recipe for apple pie using an oat flour crust floating around in my brain.
I'm meeting with an awesome farmer named Larry. Follow him on twitter at @dirtfarmerlarry. He is planning a loose CSA this summer where you tell him if you want a box on Thursday and he brings it on Saturday to the farmers market.
A CSA, if you're not familiar, is basically an investment in a farm. You usually pay up front for the whole summer, and you get a box of produce each week. If the harvest is plentiful, you get more... if it's not so fruitful (haha) then you get less. But local farmers are a special breed. They don't like to send out skimpy CSAs. So where the produce is lacking, you sometimes find a half dozen eggs floating around in your box...
The best parts about the CSA is that you're getting in-season produce picked at the ripest possible moment delivered on less than a tank of gas.
I still have some kinks to work out... where am I going to get my butter/flour/salt... But I am also starting to get excited that some things are going to be out of reach, like packaged foods and sugar.
My coworker Emily (@emilyindm) did a story on eating local that's going to air later this month and she interviewed me! I guess I can't back down now.