Here at FamilyFarmed.org and the Good Food Festival, most of us try to eat as much local food as possible. Whether that means growing and preserving our own food, shopping at farmers’ markets, or being a member of a veggie or meat CSA farm, a lot of us here have years of experience navigating the waters of local eating. In a climate like Chicago local eating also means eating seasonally, eating seasonally means getting through the winter, and getting through the winter means starting early and stocking up! Even though a lot of our staff have done this kind of thing for years, we know many people who haven’t. Adventurous new Chicago food blogger Judy Wu was game to try her hand at food preservation for the first time, and to share her story on our blog.
Post by Judy Wu
Eating Local During the Chicago Winter – A First Attempt
Local eating is always a challenging endeavor, but local eating in the perpetual winter wonderland that is Chicago is a true test of creativity and willpower. I understand eating locally supports regional economies and reduces pollution, but quite honestly, I’ve never felt guilty about eating tomatoes in December. I’ve already embraced my inner grandma: I make pasta and yogurt, frequent farmer’s markets—why go local when I can just strut to the Jewel down the street? But curse my fiery spirit, I just can’t resist a good challenge!
As farmers’ markets begin to close, I’m scrambling to savor the last of the eggplants and tomatoes before six months of eating root vegetables commence. The most obvious method of preserving these final cycles of the fresh produce is good old fashioned canning and freezing. Unfortunately, I’ve never attempted either, but really—how hard can it be? [Read more...]