Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Food for Thought

As winter sets in, I look back with fond memories of the food of this past summer. The wife and I spent the summer working on Mount Desert Island in Maine and were overjoyed with the fresh vegetables and fruit available, especially coming from the high mountains of Colorado.

Of course, my favorite was the fruit. The small local stawberries tasted vibrant compared with the larger ones shipped across the country from California. While the strawberries were great every morning on my bowl of cereal, they were complemented from July through the end of August with wild blueberries. We found incredible fields full of blueberries off the carriage roads in Acadia National Park. 30 minutes to an hour of picking would yield about 5 days worth of berries. I now look at the berries common in most markets and they look like giants compared to the tiny wild blueberries of Maine.

We also tried something new this past summer. We bought a farm share at a local organic farm. It was $20 a week for 12 weeks and we got a large bag of greens, beans, potatoes, strawberries, zucchini, and assorted other vegetables all 12 weeks. It felt good supporting a local farmer but the food tasted superb and we knew it was healthier for us and the planet.

You can find a local farm at this link. I look forward to next summer's bounty here in the Pacific Northwest.

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