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And YOU thought that California produced the best artichokes?
Does “EAT LOCAL” and ” FARM-TO-TABLE”  resonate with you? If so read on………

 

What does”EAT LOCAL” actually mean?

I’ve seen several definitions:

– on my Island

– within 50 miles

– within one day’s drive…….

 

Whenever possible I eat local......These vegetables were picked only a few hour before they arrived at the market, in this case the local farmers market.

Whenever possible I eat local……These vegetables were picked only a few hour before they arrived at the market, in this case the local farmers market

I always seem to get it wrong with peppers; when I want mild, I get hot....does make life interesting...

I always seem to get it wrong with peppers; when I want mild, I get hot….does make life interesting…

I'll try the big green peppers this some, and some eggplant, all three varieties.

I’ll try the big green peppers this time, and some eggplant please, all three varieties.

I'll try the big green peppers this some, and some eggplant, all three varieties.

This is one of my favorite stops and their FARM STAND at the farm is the best.

You never have tasted beets, celery and carrots like these!

You never have tasted beets, celery and carrots like these!

Fresh herbs in abundance, and even though I grow my own I always find something new and different to try out.

Fresh herbs in abundance, and even though I grow my own I always find something new and different to try out.

A real treat is the locally grown and butchered organic lamb, beef and pork...... there really is no substitute!

A real treat is the locally grown and butchered organic lamb, beef and pork…… there really is no substitute!

You'll never find anything like this again........

You’ll never find anything like this again……..

This local farmers market participant really insisted I take his family portrait.... I am not sure which he was prouder of! Definitely local!

This local farmers market participant really insisted I take his family portrait…. I am not sure which he was prouder of! Definitely local!

All summer long we have the choice of the freshest of fresh lettuce. After this, winter is especially hard.

All summer long we have the choice of the freshest of fresh lettuce. After this, winter is especially hard.

And YOU thought that California produced the best artichokes?

And YOU thought that California produced the best artichokes?

Testing the scales... A good thing as I was the first customer.

Testing the scales… A good thing as I was the first customer.

I am always surprised to find such sweet melons so far north. Small and sweet.

I am always surprised to find such sweet melons so far north. Small and sweet.

P1030661.jpg.scaled.1000-300x187     Another Favorite: fresh line-caught salmon, and local oysters

Another Favorite: fresh line-caught salmon, and local oysters

This is some of the best smoked salmon I have ever eaten and it's perfection with eggs.

This is some of the best smoked salmon I have ever eaten and it’s perfection with eggs.

What should I make for dinner: oysters or salmon?

What should I make for dinner: oysters or salmon?

How about grilled salmon? Maybe the fog will clear and we'll have a gorgeous view from my deck?

How about grilled salmon? Maybe the fog will clear and we’ll have a gorgeous view from my deck?

When I finally got it all home, I couldn't resist the photo op......

When I finally got it all home, I couldn’t resist the photo op……

Local peaches are a rare treat, though we do have an abundance of strawberries, raspberries and apples.

Local peaches are a rare treat, though we do have an abundance of strawberries, raspberries and apples.

These flowers were by Ralph ( not as in Lauren!) who helps at the farm and only recently learned how to do the flower arrangements being sold at that market. This was a striking original combination I could not resist!

These flowers were by Ralph ( not as in Lauren!) who helps at the farm and only recently learned how to do the flower arrangements being sold at that market. This was a striking original combination I could not resist!

I could not decide which image I liked better?

I could not decide which image I liked better?

Dinner designed! And my menu featured a medley of sauteed vegetables in olive oil, sea salt and greater medley of fresh herbs. Everything is local except the sea salt from France and the olive oil from Peetalum, California (O OLIVE OIL).... not sure you can drive there in a day!

Dinner designed! And my menu featured a medley of sauteed vegetables in olive oil, sea salt and greater medley of fresh herbs. Everything is local except the sea salt from France and the olive oil from Peetaluma, California (O OLIVE OIL)…. not sure you can drive there in a day!

The salmon I basted in O OLIVE OIL ( the blood organge variety) and grilled on a FUEGO grill.

I basted the salmon in O OLIVE OIL (the blood orange variety) and I grilled it on a FUEGO grill.

The fog retreated ans we had a gorgeous view again from our deck.

The lemony mayonnaise (with fresh chives) made more lemony on account of lemons from an undisclosed location.

The dinner wine was from NAPA cellar a 2008 Chardonnay, recommended by chef Peter and yes, you can drive there in a day if you are driving a Ferrari  550 Maranello!

The desert wine which drenched the local strawberries (below) was the special local vineyard raspberry wine….somehow especially good on strawberries.

The confectioners sugar did not fit local criteria. Neither did the Nespresso espresso and bitter chocolate.

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Buy local and EAT LOCAL whenever you can.

Check out the BARN GALLERY, a sustainable waterfront guest house……the best Lopez Island vacation rental to “EAT LOCAL”

Originally posted by CASUDI ~ 21 August 2010

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