School has started up and I thought I would have more time to get to my favorite farmer’s markets, but it hasn’t happened! Waiting for school buses and Saturday morning kid activities has put a damper on that, but what it did was led me to think of new ideas of how to continue getting local foods for my family.
If I do miss the farmer’s markets, I found that by going to Kellie Brook farm on Route 33 for my meat and eggs, and then hitting Barker’s farm stand, which is open all the time, down the road in Stratham for fruits and vegetables, I can get the majority of the food we need. It’s easy and nearby! Barker’s farm stand even has milk and cheese too. Hopefully, next year I’ll be off the waiting list for the CSA, which will make it even easier.
Another time saving tip is the recipes I choose to make. I try my best to pick easy meals and save the long preparation meals for the weekends, like stuffed butternut squash with Kellie Brook farm sausage and Apple Annie apples. Some of our fast favorites are grilled eggplant sandwiches with local tomatoes, lettuce, cheese. I use mayonnaise with fresh garlic and basil and buns made at On the Vine. If I have time, I make homemade french fries. I also usually roast one whole chicken a week for a great family meal and the leftovers always makes a variety of different soups with whatever vegetables I have around. Other family favorites are lots of different variations of pizza, ratatouille and beans and rice, along side with a big piece of locally made or homemade bread with butter. And yes, my kids eat the meals with vegetables.
And can you believe it, a fairly good and informative local and organic foods article is actually on the CNN website. The way we eat is changing for more and more people.