Saturday, February 7, 2009

Totally Terrific Tomato

Something I miss most during these long winter months is fresh local produce. There is nothing better than a "just picked" juicy tomato on a hot summer day, with a bit of salt of course. Well, I did come very close with this baby. It was grown kind of locally, in Cresco, IA. Not sure how it was grown but this is the closest thing to a summer tomato that you will ever get! The taste was rich and acidic, not mealy and bland like the tomatoes you might find in the store. 
This is a picture of my lunch. A perfect lunch in my opinion. Homemade bread toast, real butter and my totally terrific tomato! With a bit of salt, of course.

Speaking of local produce, I just signed up again with the CSA farm for another summer of fresh, local produce. I can hardly wait.

For those that have not heard of the term "CSA", it stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a farm where you pay the farmer a given amount of money at the beginning of the season for a share of the produce usually delivered  weekly to a certain pick-up spot or at the farm. It is so important to support small local food producers in these days of  factory farms and GMO mutants. It's so nice to see who grew my food. It's also nice to see the chickens that give me my eggs. A wonderful connect that you can't get at your grocery store when the average food product has traveled over 1500 miles to get to your table.

Five reasons to buy local:
  • Taste and Freshness
  • Food Safety
  • Environmental Protection
  • Economic Health
  • Connection
I could elaborate on all those reasons but maybe in another post. 

Prairie Clover

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