Liz at Pocket Farm is once again hosting One Local Summer, an open invitation to prepare one meal a week for the rest of the season based on local ingredients. The rules are flexible. Define local in whatever way suits you best. Make exemptions for spices and coffee if you wish. But try! Once a week, that's all she asks.
A couple of days ago Cranky and I whipped up a dinner of stuffed cabbage rolls.
I fell in love with Savoy cabbage recently, and when we found a crinkly head of it grown by my heart-throb farmers at Full Belly, we grabbed one.
Then I got to thinking. What's so wrong about using sausage instead of plain ground meat as a filling? Marin Sun Farms was selling a nice, gentle sausage of local beef and pork (no clue as to the provenance of the seasonings). I mixed the de-cased sausage meat with a little parboiled rice from Lundberg and some minced Full Belly onion.
And I already had a few bags of local tomato sauce in the freezer, left over from last summer.
Fancied it all up with a few dabs of local sour cream from Clover, and it was a beautiful, lovely plate of summer.
I won't spend much time bragging that we eat locally most of the time anyway. Instead, I want to give a shout out to Stacie at Mommy Mosh Pit for her local endeavors. Stacie lives in farm country, to be sure, but it's a brutal climate. Her first attempt at eating locally, in her words, was "hard work!" But she educated herself. She asked around. She grew a vegetable garden.
And yesterday she prepared a dinner (for company, no less) of food from her (very) local region.
As Stacie tells it, "...[N]ext thing you know, it's a year later, and it's just becoming the way you eat. Once you learn something, you can never look back."