The Eat Local Challenge is underway, and although I'm late to the game due to a Labor Day weekend road trip to Indiana and Illinois, I'm back and ready to go.
Our fridge was empty on Monday when we returned home, and it would have been really easy to make a single trip to the grocery to get everything we needed. However, the tastiest option was to take time to visit the farm stand near my house the next day.
On Tuesday, I picked up potatoes, green beans, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini and cantaloupe. All for the amazingly low price of $9. Such a bargain!
At the grocery store, I bought my favorite local pasta. RP's Pasta Company is in Madison and they make excellent fresh pasta. There are only four varieties available my grocery store, however they have many more choices at the Dane County Farmers' Market each Saturday in Madison.
For the sauce, I turned to my container garden and added swiss chard, a bell pepper and fresh basil, along with an onion from the farm stand, to a jar of pasta sauce.
Oh, and a couple ounces of red wine. I would love to add Wisconsin wine, but unfortunately our climate isn't conducive to growing grapes. The best local option is Wollersheim Winery. Stone's Throw Winery in Door County makes great wine, but they use California grapes.
My swiss chard appeared to be tapering off, only to come back in full force last week. It's such an easy thing to add to soups, eggs and pasta sauces. Good fresh pasta only needs a little olive oil and herbs. The sauce I made is total overkill, but I think it's a great way to eat vegetables.
A true locavore would make homemade pasta sauce...baby steps people :)