September 15, 2012

Eating Locally: Last Day of the Challenge

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.


  1. I hope you like your food saver. And I would love to see a review for if you recommend it :)

  2. So far I love it, I think I'll definitely be posting a positive review sometime soon!

  3. We have a Food Saver that is a few years old, but we still use it all the time. It's great to just reseal bags. But we got a lot of use out of it this past weekend when we were freezing food.