Wednesday, June 27, 2007

OLS Meal 1

Nothing terribly exciting. It has been hot and I've been busy both with work and the yard.

Local burgers from Masonic Homes, buns from Terranetti's (a local bakery in Mechanicsburg), little squash from Chicque's Roc Organic Farm (named after local Chicque's creek) in Mount Joy which were marinated in Gazebo Room Greek Dressing, also made in Mechanicsburg. And radish 'pickles' along with a seedless cucumber from Shady Acres in Elizabethtown.

The buns and dressing come from about 25 miles away and are probably not made with local ingredients, but are made by small, locally owned companies. Everything else came from within 5 miles, and the radishes came from me!

And since I've been averaging about four quarts a day of black raspberries (you should see the freezer), dessert for the evening was handfuls of berries consumed standing up as I rush to get them picked by the time the sun goes down.


Blogger Faith said...

I'm excited about the One Local Summer. I enjoyed reading about your dinners so much last year that I decided to get in on it this year. I was too late to sign up through Liz at Pocket Farm, but she referred latecomers to Matt at Fat Guy on a Little Bike and I'm joining in through him. Since I only cook two nights a week this might be a little extra challenge, but I'm up for it. We already eat most of our fruits and vegetables locally, but the meat will require an extra step (especially since we eat a lot of fish). A visit to the Masonic Homes Orchard store is definitely in order this Saturday morning, as is a trip to Roots on Tuesday.

I can't wait to see the dinners you come up with. :o)

2:14 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

The meat isn't that hard if you aren't that concerned with size of company. Bell and Evans chicken is available in most Giants and it is all raised in Lancaster County. It isn't free range, and the birds are probably not leading the most enjoyable life, but still hormone, antibiotic free and raised by small family farms, preserving space in Lanc. Cty. Also, many of the pork products like Kunzler, etc. are all from Lancaster County. The beef is the only one that is hard to track down. And since you work in NYC, technically you can purchase things there and still consider them local since youa re making the trip anyway. How far are you from the Green Market in Union Square?

2:27 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

No, I think I want this to be all Lancaster county. I don't consider NYC my home in the least and I want to support the Lancaster county farms. I don't know that my few dollars a week is going to keep a farm from going under and a new subdivision at bay in Lancaster county, but it can't hurt. Besides, there are plenty of foodies in NYC to take up whatever slack I might leave.

The pig is definitely king in Lancaster county, so you're right -- I'll be able to find plenty of pork products. I can even extend my range to Hatfield meats right outside of Philadelphia. Dairy products are another no-brainer. I'll have to keep my eye open for Bell & Evans chicken. I can't say that I've ever seen that brand in the stores before. Beef is definitely the big challenge, but since we don't eat much beef it's not too much of a problem.

I work in midtown in Manhattan and so I'm a short train ride from Union Square, but I never have occasion to go to the Green Market. I'm never here on the weekends -- come 4:00 on Friday I am outta here and heading home to Pennsylvania!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum...yum...yum...those berries sure do look good. Love to make some jam with those babies!!! Good luck on your local food search...we're getting there...very slowly. At least I we now only eat fresh chicken from a free ranch poultry farm about 20 miles away. If I still lived in Virginia I'd have no problems...up here I'm having a little more trouble finding places.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Rurality said...

That all looks really good! I am looking forward to our garden finally getting going... hopefully it will be soon.

8:43 PM  
Blogger kris said...

The whole meal looks very yummy - but especially those berries - lucky you!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks great....I'm curious about the radish pickles---are they a fresh pickle (like cucumbers in vinegar with onions) or are they a processed pickle? Sounds intriguing!

9:51 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

THe radish pickle is a fresh pickle. I just whip up a batch of basic su and cut up the radishes and cucumbers and dump them in, refrigerating them. They last a long time and I just keep adding veggies as I get them.

11:21 AM  

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