Sunday, September 21, 2008

Eating Local

Sometimes it bothers me that I don’t blog much about Wisconsin and Milwaukee-area foods. Problem is, I rarely eat out and I rarely buy local during the non-farmer’s market season. When I do shop local, though, I go the whole nine yards.

Case in point:

The Gingergold apples are from Barthel Fruit Farm, 12246 N. Farmdale Rd., Mequon, Wis.

The tomatoes (the most delicious I've had) are from Witte's Vegetable Farm, 10006 Bridge Rd., Cedarburg, Wis.

Go get 'em, Wisconsinites.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Local is better. We collected several gallons of wild muhrooms this year. Lots of King Boletes (borovik), lots of Slippery Jacks (Maslayata) and a huge amount of Lobster mushrooms. We've picked several pounds of wild blackberries and watercress.

Kevan

Yulinka said...

Kevan--Where do you live?

Anonymous said...

Yulinka, I live in Flagstaff, Arizona. We're at 7,000 feet here and we get a lot of snow in winter. We're in the mountains. The Borovik mushrooms here grow in association with the Ponderosa pines here (we're in a very huge Ponderosa forest here.) We found some lovely ones! Caps the size of dinner plates!

We get the blackberries and watercress from Oak Creek Canyon, which is between here and Sedona. Sedona is about 25 miles from Flagstaff. The drive on Hwy 89 through Oak Creek Canyon is one of the most beautiful drives there is. So many people rush through on their way to Sedona, they don't stop and see the wonders of the canyon.

Right about now, there ought to be local people selling wild-gathered pine nuts. Those grow here also and people gather them to sell from their cars here. Which reminds me. RussianFoodDirect sells a "Taiga Honey" which has to be tasted to be believed. It has pine nuts in it gathered from the taiga along with the honey. Absolutely worth every penny!

Yulinka said...

Kevan--Borovik mushrooms in Arizona? Bestill my heart! Wanna switch places?

Thanks for the taiga honey tip, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Yulinka,

The amazing thing is so few people here collect them. We even had Maslayata that came up in our front yard. One year, we discovered a Western Giant Puffball the size of a watermelon. We ate several "steaks" cut off of it and dried the rest. It lasted a year.

Kevan

Anonymous said...

Yulinka,

Oh, and guess what else grows here? Mukhomor. Beautiful ones, absolutely gorgeous.

Kevan

Thinh Tran said...

Hi, I'm interested in picking wild watercress. Where exactly in Oak Creek Canyon? Thanks

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