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This group supports locally grown, fresh, sustainable food that promotes local economies, living wage jobs, and more benign environmental practices. In the era of "peak oil", global warming, rising food prices worldwide, and domestic food security—it may be time to think local, and buy local, too.

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7/10/08
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added: 13 yrs ago
updated: 13 yrs ago

cookingupastory manager

Most folks are very aware of their local Farmers Market. Are there other ways you've discovered local food and how to get it? I like to go to the U-pick farms. I get it fresh, skip the middle person, and support my favorite farms this way. How about you?

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added: 13 yrs ago

winterfield

The Chicago area has Farmers Markets that attract huge crowds getting away from Jewel/Dominic's high prices. My favorite is Oak Park's Farmers Market (to the west of Chicago) that features, besides a great selection of vegetables, fruits and specialties. The specialties, like Pickled Asparagus, are superb. The market is near the Hemingway House and Museum and it's nice to spend the day (OK half a day) enjoying Oak Park's hospitality. The markets highlight local farmers and growers although it never occurred to me to ask where the vendors are from. So I'll have a new mission. (due to content limits I'll post a continuation)


added: 13 yrs ago

winterfield

(continued) My garden continues to supply my wife with tomatoes, carrots, beets, snow & sugar snap peas, lettuce and green beans. Saves us money and offers us peace of mind that the food we eat is safe and chemical free.Last Sunday we had venison stew featuring green beans, sugar snaps and carrots with fresh salad. For dessert she made bannanna Split Pie with Vanilla pudding Graham Cracker crust topped with Strawberries, whipped topping and drizzled with hot fudge. Sounds deadly but everything, including the topping, were all low fat and fat free. She also made Monday's Borsht with garden beets. Delicious! How's your kitchen faring this summer? Anything special or new?


added: 13 yrs ago

cookingupastory manager

It's all kinda new! Last year I had 2 beds, this year I put in 4. I used to grow my own food years ago, and I'm back at it now that my kids are older. For the first time ever I'm growing brussel sprouts and butternut squash. Actually, AverageBetty turned me on to butternut squash...it's now my new favorite squash (sorry Acorn!). My walla walla onions are just about ready to pull out. Now I'm starting to think about what to put in for Fall. Anyone planting for Fall yet? If so, what?



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