Monday, October 25, 2010

Local Produce & Menu Plan Monday

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As you know from my previous post we are trying to eat more local food. It was fairly easy this summer finding local, fresh produce.  I could go to the small farmers market in our town on Saturdays, or stop by a farm stand mid week and find enough produce to keep us happy.  Although with fall in full swing it is getting tougher to find local produce (one of the many downfalls of living in the middle of the US!).  Once you start eating local, fresh produce you will not want to go back to buying produce at the grocery store that has been shipped hundreds of miles. I don't want you to think I never buy produce at the grocery store. There are just some things I buy on a weekly basis at the grocery store (if I can NOT find them at the local market)--bananas, carrots, potatoes, radishes, apples. One of these days I hope to have a garden so I can have my own produce year round!

If you are new to eating locally, you may not even know what grows in your area this time of year. If you visit local food markets, farm stands, or farmers markets you have a good idea of what is available. If you would like to learn more about local produce in Kansas and what you can find locally during certain seasons check out the following sites:
Kansas City Community Gardens
Kansas Seasonal Fruits & Veggies
Local Harvest

Finding recipes that use the local produce we currently have available, that B will eat (PICKY EATER), and that I can make without an oven (we don't have one in the house we are living in) is getting difficult.  Here is what we are eating this week, not very exciting!

Monday:  Out to Eat
Tuesday: Black Bean Soup (did not get it made last week). Raw carrots
Wednesday: Chili* & Cinnamon Muffins*
Thursday: Mac & Cheese with Ham (lets try again this week!). Apples.
Friday-Sunday: Out of Town

*Recipe will be posted later this week.

This post has been linked back to I'm an Organizing Junkie Menu Plan Monday. Check it out for more ideas for your menu.

What recipes do you love to make in the fall and winter? I would love some fresh, new ideas so please share!

1 comment:

  1. I agree to you saying that buying food from local farmers are healthier than buying shipped from miles food in the grocery store. Nice plan you got in your menu this week. Is you black bean soup salty? I only mix black bean soup in pork chops. I followed you here.

    Check me out with my Menu Plan Monday here


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