Posts Tagged ‘seasonal’
As April rolls in, spring is coming to an end and it’s time to take advantage of the last month or so of spring veggies before early summer. With a few new additions to our produce section, there is plenty to keep you busy in the kitchen. If you are looking for another hearty snack, consider sharing an artichoke or two with friends and family, or preparing the hearts as a tasty addition to your favorite salad.
We know this little veggie can be daunting to prepare, but have no fear, for we have advice from one of Austin’s top bloggers, Elizabeth Van Huffel, who has made the process simple and easy with photos and instructions to lead you on your way. Elizabeth’s blog, Local Savour, strives to incorporate 80 – 100 % of her ingredients locally and is a great resource for seasonal creations. If you are already familiar with the art of artichoke preparation, we’ve gone ahead and listed Elizabeth’s favorite recipe below. Happy Eating!
in.structions for cooking artichoke:
Cut off the stem of the artichoke until there is about ¼ an inch left. Rinse and place in a double boiler, cooking about 20 minutes or until the base of the stem is fork-tender. If you do not have a double boiler handy, immerse your artichokes in a pot of water, making sure to cover the artichokes completely and boil using the same method above. Once fully cooked and tender, remove excess water and serve with salted garlic butter.
in.structions for salted garlic butter:
3 tbsp of unsalted butter
½ tsp of sea salt
⅛ tsp of garlic powder or mashed fresh garlic
Recently we reached 11,011 likes on Facebook (woo hoo!) To celebrate, we asked our followers to share with us the 11 reasons they love local food.
We are so blessed to be in a community that so wholeheartedly embraces the beauty that comes along with local, sustainable and seasonal food.
Y’all shared with us amazing lists (and photos!) that we can’t help put pass them along. Take the time to read why our community loves local food, and please feel free to share your lists. The more the merrier.
- in.spires the community to make sustainable decisions
- in.corporates small businesses into larger economies
- in.volves the local population in the worldwide food movement
- in.timidates the big food corporations
- in.troduces new ways of thinking
- in.centivizes local entrepreneurs to follow through on their ideas
- in.creases awareness of the impact food has on our environment
- in.cludes opportunities for the community to become more self-sufficient
- in.toxicates the locals with unbelievably good craft beer
- in.justice is exposed when local food proves there is a better way
- in.novation proves to be in.finite when it comes to using real in.gredients
- Keeps Austin Weird!!!
- Love knowing the people who grew/raised my food
- It has taste unlike most mass-produced food
- The fresher the food the more nutrients I get in my body
- Support local economy
- Support people who are stewards of the environment
- Reduced carbon footprint
- No nasty GMO foods
- Opportunity for bulk purchases (as my salsa and canned tomato stash can attest)
- I have visited the farms and felt the dirt that nourishes me and seen for myself how the animals are treated
- Brings back good memories of childhood visits to my grandparents farm – sitting in the middle of the strawberry patch eating the berries straight off the plant (competing with my sister to see who would get through her row fastest), or shucking corn with my grandpa (and nibbling on a few ears)
- The friendships I have made with people I have met at the markets, at food swaps, and at restaurants and stores that carry local produce.
- Incredibly fresh
- Less fuel required for delivery
- Can meet your farmers!
- Supports the local economy& Supports small farmers
- Fosters a close relationship with local community
- Encourages creative business models
- Encourages creative approaches to cooking
- Allows you to experiment with interesting local produce (prickly pears! loquats!)
- Allows you ensure that everything you eat is ethically produced because you can trace the origins of everything on your plate.
- Local food = supporting local farmers/ local economy
- Less carbon in the atmosphere from moving around food!
- Local food is super fresh and delicious
- It ensures you’re eating only what’s in season.
- Fresh food is more nutritious!
- It’s a step toward food self-reliance.
- There is more variety!
- Is free of GMOs!
- Represents Austin’s food culture
- I love knowing where it came from, and visiting those places!
- Lastly, It feels great to make good choices about what you put into your body!
- Getting to know my farmers
- Often sustainably grown
- Fewer food miles (less carbon/water waste)
- Outdoor markets
- Supporting my home
- Fresh food
- Makes me food conscious
- Often it’s native to the region
- Supports education!
- The colors
- Low carbon foot print
- Meeting the farmers
- Eating in season
- The price tag
- Promoting it
- Teaching it
- Growing it
- Community it creates
- Farmers markets
- The people involved
It’s almost Thanksgiving! By now, the meal planning is probably in full-force and you’re prepping yourself for a few days of serious family time. While out shopping for your holiday dishes, challenge yourself to go local. And if you’re feeling up especially adventurous, consider shooting for a 100-mile Thanksgiving.
A 100-mile Thanksgiving means you’re aiming for all your ingredients to be sourced from within 100 miles of your dinner table. Thanksgiving is a holiday based around seasonal feasting, so it seems like a good idea to shoot for fresh, local food.
If a completely local meal seems daunting, try to source one dish locally, or get your turkey from a local farm. If you’re at a loss of where and what’s available to you, check out Local Harvest, a website where you enter in your zip code and get a map of farms and local food sources nearby.
Live in Austin? The produce available to you will range from kale to poblano peppers. You can stick with traditional dishes, such as honey roasted sweet potatoes, or think outside the box and whip up some jalapeno cranberry corn bread. Being in the height of cold-weather crop season, we’re lucky to have an abundance of produce at our fingertips. Filling your menu with local veggies will not only highlight the local food, it will also up the nutritional value of your dinner.
If you’re shooting for local and can’t find the traditional Thanksgiving foods in your region, consider shaking it up. We all live in a unique landscape with a food history all its own. Perhaps take this Thanksgiving as an opportunity to showcase the foods that symbolize where you live. Check out these unique menu ideas from five regions of the United States.
We also found this fantastic infographic that maps out localizing your Thanksgiving. There are plenty of resources out there to help you plan a local Thanksgiving. Have a fantastic holiday, and happy eating!
This year we’re offering some amazing locally made, artisanal pies from our friends: Cake & Spoon and the Pie Society. Ranging from traditional to haute, we’ve got confections that will wow your family and friends – or the co-workers (every office party needs pie!)
The deadline for orders is November 16th, and pies will be ready for pick-up the 20th & 21st. If you know you’ll need your pie before then, we can accommodate early pick-up.
- Key Lime in Graham Cracker Crust – Cake & Spoon- a tart and refreshing classic. $30
- Texas Pecan – Cake & Spoon – a 100% local southern tradition. $32
- Apple – Cake & Spoon – made extra delicious with Texas apples. $30
- Cherry – Cake & Spoon – these ain’t no canned cherries, totally fresh. $30
- Pumpkin – The Pie Society – can you have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? $26
- Buttermilk – The Pie Society – sweet, creamy, and dreamy – a southern classic. $26
- Pumpkin Pecan – The Pie Society – pumpkin pie + pecan pie = the perfect storm of holiday deliciousness. $26
- Orange You Glad We Said Cranberry – The Pie Society – tart cranberries, a secret blend of spices and just-squeezed orange juice simmered to perfection for a sweet and tangy pie. $32
- Austin Creme Pie – The Pie Society – sweet potato pudding, chocolate ganache, cinnamon whipped cream and a pistachio crust. Keeping it weird and delicious. $32
Orders can be placed in-store or online via PayPal by clicking the pies below.
If you have any questions please call 512-275-6357 or email and we’d be glad to help!
Jessica’s an Austin native with a passion for environmental issues and an unshakable commitment to improving sustainability. When she’s not busy blogging for in.gredients, she loves studying ecology, thrift store shopping, bees, and riding bicycles!
Hello! I’m Jessica Malsky, the newest member of the in.gredients team. One of the things I’ve become most excited about in anticipation of the in.gredients store opening: it’ll be so much easier to eat seasonal, local, organic/natural, produce. Let me clarify – it’ll be easier to eat it because it’ll be easier to find it! As I’m an eco-friendly kind of gal, it’s been a personal goal of mine for some time to go local and organic, but it’s been tough going.
I think we’re all too familiar with the fact that the vast majority of produce available at most grocery stores isn’t locally sourced (in part due to the constant consumer demand for non-seasonal produce) – something that kind of gets me down. What’s more, I’ve found that even my favorite small, local grocery stores don’t have a great selection of local and organic produce. Farmers’ markets seem to be the best bet in the hunt for seasonal/local/organic. And while I adore farmers’ markets, more often than not my schedule isn’t compatible with market days and times (unfortunately). Can anyone relate?
So naturally, I’m really excited about the fact that when in.gredients debuts, it’ll be like having a supplementary farmers’ market on call 7 days a week. No joke! In fact, some of the farms with booths at Central Texas farmers’ markets are the ones whose produce we’ll be carrying. But the window of opportunity to get at these farm-fresh goodies will be significantly wider, so no fret if you can’t make it to market day. Phew!
You could think of it this way: every day will be market day at in.gredients!
The new year’s almost here! Come up with a resolution for 2012 yet? As with any resolution, the key is to choose something feasible. A change you can make without major stress or strife is most likely to become permanent. If you don’t have one in mind yet, here are some great “green” resolution ideas to make your new year a little (or even a lot!) more eco-friendly than the last:
1. Convert to cloth tissues: single-use, disposable facial tissues create a lot of unnecessary waste. Reusable tissues are easy to make out of old shirts or other soft fabrics. Wash them with your regular laundry and you’ve created no waste, and used no extra water (because your laundry has to be washed anyway!). Check out our post on cloth tissues for some extra insight.
2. Ban paper towels: Make your house a paper towel-free zone by converting to reusable rags for cleaning and cloth napkins for dining. It’s an easy habit to pick up, and you’ll cut down enormously on non-recyclable paper waste!
3. “Meatless Mondays”: By choosing not to eat meat one day per week, you’ll reduce your average meat consumption by about 14 percent. Doing so will lower your carbon footprint and may even improve your health! Learn more about Meatless Mondays here.
4. Start a compost pile: Another incredible way to cut down on household waste that your garden (if you have one) will thank you for! See our posts on urban composting and composting in Austin for some helpful tips to get you started.
5. Bike to work or school one day a week: Or take public transportation, or walk, or build a boat from old limbs and float down your local creek. Whatever you choose, it’s always good to set a specific goal that’s manageable for you. Weekly goals are good because they are easy to keep track of, and not overwhelming.
6. Start a garden: Spend less money at the store *and* eat healthy, fresh food. Yee haw! If you live in Central Texas, you may find this seasonal planting guide from Austin Organic Gardeners helpful in figuring out what to plant.
7. Share something: The simple act of sharing can save money and resources while fostering kindness in communities. You could share something you own, for example: a set of power tools or perhaps a skill you have like, for example, bicycle repair. Sharing’s contagious too, so you’re likely to start a trend with your friends and neighbors that’ll be beneficial to you as well!
(image, starring our very own Chris Pepe: Patrick Lane Photography)
Here’s an interesting (and timely) seasonal twist on a classic favorite: a chicken salad recipe from Healthy Green Kitchen that calls for persimmons and pecans. The beauty of this recipe: if you live in Central Texas, you can get all the “fixins” for this salad locally, because as y’all know, ’tis the season for persimmons and pecans! What’s more, it’s a great way to use leftover roast chicken or turkey!
(image: Wikimedia Commons: “Persimmons”)