Learning About Local Food And Farms
The swap was great fun, this time my oldest came along with me. It was a good one for him to go to, as a representative from the Northeastern Organic Farmer's Association of New York (NOFA-NY) spoke, and had a lot of good material on local farms and food. My son is in the middle of a Food Security and Food Justice project-based-learning unit at school, so getting some context from the farming and sustainability camp was worthwhile. Part of the project has a journaling component, where the kids are asked to think about the larger issues, and give their point of view, supporting evidence, and flesh out their ideas. I think the materials we got yesterday, the New York Locavore Challenge and the Organic Food Guide, along with New York Organic News may help illuminate some areas he had overlooked.
Food Swap Bounty
Having such a popular item assured that I was able to snag all the really cool stuff that I so desperately wanted - top of the list were the Maple Bacon Marshmallows. Oh. Em. GEE!! Chocolate truffles, well, they're all gone and I ate most of them. Which is how it should be! The kids and hubby are plowing through the roasted corn salad/salsa, I expect a fight soon as the supply gets low. Fava Bean Spread, well, that was a midnight snack attack victim. But it's good for me, right?
I also got a container of fermented dosa batter, so there's going to be some curry-making this week to complement these delicious rice/lentil flatbreads. And the hot pepper jelly is going to make a scary good glaze for some wings I'm whipping up tonight. OM NOM NOM! My little bottle of chocolate-raspberry liqueur is chilling in the fridge, that won't be there long either. The madagascar bourbon vanilla is waiting patiently in the cupboard for me to make some vanilla ice cream to really show it off.
It's Not Only About Food
Topping off the day, Christina of From Scratch Club invited me to move from guest contributor to full contributor on the blog there, so I'm really looking forward to sharing more recipes, how-to's and other general food-related posts on such a great forum. I love the community, and am very happy to be a part of it!