I love this time of the year. Eating locally is so easy and we often find that we've eaten a meal that's entirely local without even thinking about it. We had an abundance of shelling peas in our garden as well as more radishes. Most of our spring crops are done so we've spent most of the time this week planting more tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers.
One of my favorite spring treats is from a recipe in Local Flavors. Combine unsalted butter with diced radishes. Spread on bread and sprinkle with sea salt. This is so good! We've had several of these sandwiches this past week. We've also made Peas with pasta and cream a couple of times. One night we made a ground pork stir fry with snowpeas, side shoots of broccoli and garlic scapes, all from our garden. I made goat cheese from local goat milk and some butter from the cream we skimmed off the top of our Cruze Farm milk.
Today was one of those days where we realized we had eaten completely local without even trying. We split a white chocolate and cherry scone from VG's Bakery. We ate this with a smoothie made from homegrown frozen strawberries, yogurt and honey. Only the yogurt wasn't local. I plan to try my hand making yogurt later this summer.
Lunch was sauteed spinach from A Place from the Heart Farm with a hamburger patty. The ground beef was from Laurel Creek Farm. It was pretty hot out today so we had a snack of homemade cherry sorbet. Supper tonight was a grilled sirloin steak from Laurel Creek Farm and grilled marinated summer squash from A Place from the Heart Farm. The only nonlocal ingredients were the olive oil and red wine vinegar in the marinade - the herbs and garlic were from our garden. An hour ago, we split the first ripe peach of the year from The Fruit and Berry Patch.
Tomorrow we're on our way to check out our reception area for our wedding. Instead of fast food, we're taking sandwiches, cherries and a peach. The first sandwich will be made with bread from VG's Bakery, leftover grilled squash and my homemade goat cheese. The other sandwich will be store bought cream cheese mixed with chives and green garlic and topped with local cucumbers. Mickey D's cant touch that!