It’s been quite a while since we updated this blog, but it seems all the more appropriate to post here, now that we live in Vermont, where there is a thriving local food scene. Between the small locally owned food shops, our local Food Co-Op, the weekly farmer’s market (Summer & Winter), and our own gardening efforts, eating fresh, local and healthy food is a regular part of our lives here. Just yesterday we enjoyed an amazing home-made risotto, cooked in Sara’s fresh stock and using the rich and flavorful brown rice that is grown at nearby Breezy Meadows Farms If you’ve never had fresh rice, and only know it as a grocery store staple, you’ve never really enjoyed a bowl of rice. Frozen sugar snap peas from Boardman Hill Farm made the perfect green addition to brighten up a winter’s day.
We make our goal to live by the +75% rule, where we eat a diet that is at least 75% local, organic, vegetarian, and home-cooked. Some things aren’t possible on a 100% localvore diet, Vermont grows no coffee or tea (though the farmer’s market has vendors that have wonderful locally processed hot beverage items). Vegetables, eggs and dairy are plentiful, but fruit selections are limited. Though we have managed to make use of Maple Syrup as a glaze, sweetener, baking ingredient, etc, there are a few times when another sugar works better in a recipe. What is exciting is that we do nearly all of our shopping at the farmer’s market and have built wonderful friendships with the vendors and growers. In the coming weeks, we will resume documenting our Dining-In Adventures and provide some recipes, food pictures and some articles on getting the Gardens started. I can’t wait till the sugar plum tree and the apple trees start to blossom in the yard!