Today is the final day of the Eat Local Challenge, here in Milwaukee. It's been a lot of fun trying new local food and restaurants. I hadn't planned to eat out three times this week, but I ended up at La Merenda, Cafe One 24 and ParkSide 23, all of which I would recommend.
My co-worker and I stopped at ParkSide 23 last night for a drink and appetizers after work. Immediately upon pulling into their parking lot, the first thing you see is their massive garden. You know a restaurant is committed to using local food, when they're growing it themselves.
For the past couple of years I've wanted a better way to freeze food, and this week I finally bought a FoodSaver. My goal is to freeze as much local produce as I can before the growing season ends. It's still in the box, but I plan to put it into use this weekend.
I stopped at the Fussville farm stand near my house yesterday to pick up a few things to supplement what I received in my CSA box. I find that I'm more likely to eat healthy if I fill my fridge with produce.
It also worked out well because I used the garlic, zucchini and bell peppers to make a wheat berry salad to bring to our CSA potluck today. I can't think of a better way to end the Eat Local Challenge than with a farm tour and potluck at HighCross Farm.