Moving toward local eating: Virtual locavore

Choosing vegetablesVirtual locavore: developing a taste for what’s local.

Do I like what’s produced in my area? How do I cook it?  At times, it’s too much to do at once to figure out what can be produced locally, find a place to buy it, figure out how to cook it…and then what if you discover you have a basement full of squash that you don’t even like?  So, during this phase, it didn’t matter so much if the stuff came from California; if it’s something I could feasibly have on hand from a local source at that time of year, it counted.

I’ve run into this with lots of vegetables and even some cuts of meat. (Whaddya do with a chuck roast? Would we even like that? Answer: heck yeah!) Squash was a big example – they are easy to grow and store here, but I thought I hated squash. So one year, I bought one of every kind of winter squash I could find at the market and tried them all.  I found a couple that I like and even a couple ways my sweetie can tolerate. Figuring that out was enough of a challenge in itself, so I thought I’d mark that out as its own phase.

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2 Comments

  1. Helen said,

    January 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    thanks! if everyone did that we would be healthier and so would our planet!

  2. shortystylee said,

    January 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    This how I learned that I liked chard!


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