Hello there, blog world! It's been an embarrassingly long time since we talked.
It's been hard to get back here, as I've spent most of the last year decidedly opposite of my goals of eating locally. I set off to lose weight in the Fall, and since I really didn't have any idea how to do that - I joined Weight Watchers. The program worked great, but the problem really was that my diet was consisting of frozen and/or boxed processed foods. Breakfast - frozen WW breakfast sandwich, Lunch - yet another "frozen delight." Afternoons would be fiber bars or popcorn. Dinners, I might do better - making meals from Fat free this and reduced fat that. Sure, I'd throw in some fresh fruit or veggies throughout the day as a snack... but not very much in my diet that one might be able to purchase from a farmer's market or directly from a farm.
The last few months I've pulled more and more away from the land of processed and frozen. Still not quite getting back to the local goals, but still, closer to real food. But the scale's been showing the changes. I kept meaning to jump back into locally sourced, but just wasn't making it a top priority.
Well, Hurricane Irene came to town recently, and it looks like she's giving me a jump start. With the power out multiple days, by the time we found a generator, our food was long gone. Completely empty deep freezer, side by side freezer currently contains nuts and coffee. Even the fridge looks starkly empty: soda, beer, a few things that were shelf stable: bbq sauce, homemade strawberry jelly, and almond milk.
Since we're more or less starting with a clean slate, I'm challenging myself to carefully consider the items going back into the house. I haven't quite figured out how to make local, whole foods work in a diet situation either, so that's challenge #2.
I managed to acquire eggs from a coworker. She's raising Silkies and Americanas (so jealous!) so the eggs I'm buying from her are either teeny tiny or green. This batch is full green. I'd been buying several dozen at a time from Polyface, but this is much, much more local and nice to really know the person caring for the animals. Still hoping to raise my own, but that continues to be another story.
I talked (begged) Polyface into allowing me to order after their cutoff date, so today I'll be picking up some meat:
- 4 lbs ground beef
- 1 broiler chicken, cut up
- 1 lb bacon
- 1 whole Freedom Ranger (new breed of chicken they are "trying out" this year)
While I don't think this is enough to cover the next 5 weeks until the next Polyface delivery, my coworker had also given me a lead on a really local farm that produces beef, pork and chicken. I'd like to try them out too! I do love Polyface, but we don't care for their pork products, so it would be nice to find a source we prefer. Supporting a more local, small farm, definitely a bonus!
I'm a bit at a loss though for the main transition plan... The diet-friendly meals call for things like 99% fat free ground turkey breast and boneless, skinless thinly sliced chicken cutlets. Reduced fat cheese and fat free milk. Not something I'll solve today, so I suppose I should just try to work through it one step at a time. If anyone's still out there, I'd love thoughts on how you do it!