Wow. This is tough. I mapped out my territory. 100 miles in every direction from San Luis Obispo. The agriculture is huge in this area, but unfortunately, is not very diverse. Mostly grapevines, actually. At least there’s a lot of local wine to choose from.
I didn’t make it to the farmer’s market this morning, which means the next few days may be a little lean. What I have to work with: avocados, fava beans, carrots, new potatos, white beans, pinto beans, green garlic, shallots, tofu, tempeh, yellow chard, lettuce. Maybe I’ll make a white bean soup for tomorrow night.
Yesterday I found some local(ish) raw butter. I’ve never had raw butter, but it’s pretty tasty. It’s got a cheesy flavor to it… hard to describe. One thing I didn’t notice was the $14 price tag. Holy crap! The things I do for food! So anyways, I took my butter home and used it in a sorrel white wine sauce which I poured over steamed asparagus and roasted new potatoes and turnips. I also had some free range, family farmed chicken. I thought I might try meat again…. but now I’m feeling guilty and grossed out. So back to the vegetables. After dinner, I told tay that the meal was completely local. “If local tastes this good, I’ll eat it all month.” Well, all right then.