I think that part of being a patient is being mindful of what we’re eating. Not sure if I’m paying more attention to it, or if in the slow news cycles talking about food shortages is a good subject, but it seems that there might be a shortage of foods: limes, meat, shrimp, bananas, coffee, etc.
More than ever it makes sense to try to find foods closer to home. You can grow your own, or acquire them from farms: farmers markets, delivery options, CSA. This year I have registered to a CSA – Alstede Farms. They deliver the boxes to a house on my block, so it is the closest and most convenient option.
My first box arrives tomorrow and I’m excited about the possibilities. This first box is going to be easy. It contains:
- Pure Local Honey – right on time, I am just out of honey
- Tomato Vine Ripened, Greenhouse Grown – easy to make a caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh grounded pepper
- Chives – Certified Organic – can go on the caprese salad, in my chicken soup, or in the sautéed kale
- Spinach – Sustainable – I love this Beans Soup recipe from the CSA website and I incidentally have all ingredients on hand
- Arugula – Sustainable – I will keep this for my morning fruit smoothies (banana, berries, almonds, apple juice and any other fruit I have on hand)
- Live Mint Plant – Greenhouse Grown – I have a pot just for it (mint goes out of hand in the garden so using a pot makes it easier to contain it)
- Live Rosemary Plant – Greenhouse Grown – I have a couple rosemary plants in my boxes so I think I will pot this as well so I can get it inside for the winter. Rosemary smells great, it looks like a Christmas tree and can grow for years.
- Kale – Sustainable – Again a recipe from the CSA – sautéed greens with pine nuts and raisins.
Sounds like I’m off to a good satisfying start with planting to do and good foods to cook.