As you know, sometimes in life, opportunities come from the most unlikely places. The Accidental Locavore was created when earlier this summer, my local farmer, Paul, decided not to open his farmstand and focus instead on the farmers’ market in Millbrook, and his wholesale business. Understand that I never make it to the (only on Saturday mornings) Millbrook market. As much as I love farmers’ markets world-wide, when the weather is nice I’m on the golf course. Besides we don’t have the prerequisite black Range Rover matching black retrievers, or proper riding boots.
So, what to do? Spoiled for years, by being able to run down the road to grab a couple of amazing tomatoes, I came up with an interesting idea (necessity being the mother of invention), would Paul consider putting together a basket of whatever was fresh that week, that I could pick up on Friday afternoons? A deal was struck, and soon picking up that mystery basket became the high point of my week! The only restrictions I put on the basket were that when corn & tomatoes were ripe, they had to be in every basket.
The lesson from this was that I really enjoyed the challenge of working with ingredients that were incredibly varied and not necessarily what I would have chosen. More fun was figuring out how to cook with these great ingredients in a manner that would honor their peak ripeness. Another test was not revert back to the same-o same-o every week (for example, those few weeks when we were overrun with eggplants or corn). In the weeks to come, I’ll talk about what was in the weekly baskets, and what delicious meals it turned into!
I hope it inspires you to buy local and fresh. And please feel free to comment and share your favorite recipes.