Saturday, April 9, 2011
In which Going Green Mama impatiently waits for her peas to sprout.... Every April, when I lived in Kansas City, I'd visit the Overland Park Farmers Market, where rows of plants, the season's first produce and the Shriner's vidalia onions would tempt us early-morning risers. Nearly a decade later, April is hard for me. In Indiana, I'm "supposed" to wait another month yet to plant, the markets won't open for three more weeks, and the grocery stores, and even most winter market offerings, are limited and depressing. It's tough to encourage good eating habits when you're stuck largely with frozen or, gasp, canned options. Which is why I'm happy I stumbled onto a few new options in our area. I'm seeing more options for CSAs, which is a good idea if you're up for the lottery of the whims of the weather and the challenge of finding something to do with a dozen bok choy for the week. I stumbled on an organic dairy's trailer one Thursday, and was thrilled to find everything from produce (grown on land in a more southern part of the state) to meats, eggs and cheeses. The difference in price was far worth not having to stand in line at the supermarket! My latest find, though, is an interesting one, one I wasn't quite sure of at first but am now looking forward to. I've stumbled across a local/organic produce delivery service, where you can customize your weekly produce basket delivery. And when I mean customize, I just don't mean tacking on items (though the variety of vendors is fabulous!) I got my first notice yesterday, prompting me to customize this week's basket. Gone were the grapefruit (which I doubt are local); in were extra asparagus, at no additional charge. Delivered to my doorstop. Convenience as a working parent? Great. I'm just hoping the product matches up to my optimism. How do you manage eating seasonally in the early spring? What resources have you found for eating locally or, at least, fresher produce?