Friday, March 04, 2011

Local Love

At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind. -- Michael Pollan

First off, a little blog business: I've picked up a couple new followers -- but no new comments were posted, so if I'm not following your blog and you follow mine, would you comment here please so I can rectify that?

Thanks :-)

So, we went to our local "New Hampshire Store" yesterday -- not the real name, but what we call it. It's basically a shed with refrigerators inside and heat. They stock only local foods and I just completely enjoy going there. Yesterday I got some veggies (grown in a greenhouse in Maine), hamburger (grass fed, grain finished on a ranch in Louden, NH), organic amaranth and quinoa from a farm in New Boston, NH and shrimp from off the boat in Rye, NH.

I'd directed one of my agility friends there -- we'd been discussing food, and I could tell she felt the same as I did about local foods. She went in and had loads of fun, but had seen the unique jams they had (garlic jelly, pepper jelly, etc) and asked the lady if the person who made the jellies had tomato jelly.

So the owner called.

The lady who makes the preserves said she'd be happy to make some, but would need to wait until tomatoes were in season in the summer for best flavor.

How cool is that? Can't get that kind of service from your chain grocery store.

I might have to try making tomato jam this year. Just for something new.

In other news, at beginning agility last night one of the other dogs came in with kennel cough (yes, CAME IN, which really annoyed me). The owner said he got it the same weekend as Dakota, so I have to assume they got it from the same place. Probably from someone WHO BROUGHT THEIR SICK DOG IN EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW IT WAS SICK.


The instructor didn't make her leave, but did advise everyone that the dog had kennel cough so they could choose to stay or not. I would have asked her to go home.

Today is cold. Really cold. Like negative numbers cold. It's going to warm up a little one the sun is really up, but right now it's brutal. I hated making poor Dakota go outside to do her business.

Come on spring.


You Are Balanced

You are an expansive and open-minded person. You want to experience the world without judgment.

You are energetic to the point of being athletic and sporty. You like to move!

You have a good sense of humor. You are easily amused, and others find you to be quite amusing.

You are optimistic and always expect the best. You put misfortune in perspective.

HA - only about 25% right. But I do love teal.



Diane Craver said...

Happy Friday Marianne!

Wow, you learn something new everyday - I never heard of tomato jam before and I love tomatoes!

groovyoldlady said...

We have a community market downtown that only sells local foods and crafts. I LOVE that place!

Sarita said...

Your local store sounds wonderful. It's great that you've got one, and have access to the kind of products you'd prefer to buy. I wonder how many people have these type of places?

Tomato jam, what an interesting idea! I'm going to have to look into that one, and then hope for a bumper crop of tomatoes!

Have a nice weekend.

Is Dakota feeling better? I hope so.

Dru said...

I can't wait for the spring temps so that I can visit farmer's market for fresh produce.

You Are Analytical

You are both clever and practical. You strike the perfect balance between two extremes.

You spend time with your head in the clouds, but your feet are still firmly planted on the ground.

You tend to be a bit reserved, but those who know you know how much you care.

You prefer your own company, but you're always willing to make room in your life for a kindred spirit.

This is really accurate.

Maria Zannini said...

Oh, I wish the instructor had sent the sick dog home. That's just not right.

And the owner of the dog should be flogged. What was he thinking? Do you make a sick child run track?

Brandy said...

I've never heard of tomato jam. I wonder what it tastes like? I also wonder if our area has a "local" foods place like you. It sounds very interesting.
The person who brought the sick dog should be ashamed. The poor dog should be allowed to recuperate at home and AWAY from the other dogs in case it made them sick.

You Are Unconventional
You are a bit of a wild child. You've been known to act without thinking.
You definitely stand out from the crowd. You enjoy attracting attention.
You love to have fun, and in your view, the more the merrier.
You love the energy of a crowd. You just wish more people were up for joining you on your adventures.

Hahahaha. No. I chose the radiant orange color because it seemed warm and bright since it's so gloomy and cool outside right now. Normally I'd have chosen the blue. Wonder what that one was....

I hope your day warms up and that it's a good one!

Tori Lennox said...

I like tomatoes but tomato jam sounds kind of, um, icky. *g*

Argh! People who bring their sick dog to agility are probably the same people who go to work/church/shopping when they have the flu, too. If you're sick, stay home, people!!! Yes, this is a major hot button for me.