The Dark Days Challenge has started! At first I thought it wouldn’t be that hard because I have already been working on eating local and finding more places to buy local foods. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it really will be a challenge for some things. It will be a good challenge for me.
Local, within 100 miles. Hmmmm I quickly remembered that there are foods that I have struggled with finding locally and have gotten a bit lax about for looking lately. So, yes, a challenge this will be.
Wednesday night I made a good hearty health local dinner.
I was thrilled to find that there are many ranchers within my 100 mile local radius that sell meat. For the past 9 months I have been buying beef and pork from one of them.
Herbs are an easy one for me. I have several varieties of herbs growing, many of which I have dried also.
Onions from a local farmers market or neighbor.
We are fortunate to have not one but THREE olive farms in the San Antonio area two of which are in my 100 mile radius; Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard and Bella Vista Ranch. I bought some olive oil from Sandy Oaks back in May. Olive oil isn’t the only oil I cook with, but I am so happy to have a local source of oil. Every little bit that is purchased locally make a difference.
I am thrilled to report that this was good local meal.
- Pork Roast – Local – 65 Miles away
- Sage & Thyme – local – walked out back to the herb gardens
- Onion – Local – neighbor’s garden
- Sauteed Chard on the side – local – walked out back to the garden
Vegetables will be reasonable easy because I have a great winter garden growing with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Also several beds planted with lettuce, spinach and chard. Also out there are onions, leeks, carrots and turnips. I will also have access to fresh seasonal veggies from local farmers markets.
The one main struggle I have is finding local flours and grains. Stay tuned! I hope to find some local sources. Crossing my fingers!
I have saved the drippings and bones from this roast so I can make up a nice pot of broth. That will make a great start to another local meal very soon.
If you would like the join in on the Dark Days Challenge, you have until December 4th to sign up. Head on over to (not so) Urban Hennery to read the rules and sign up. Check in with us over at Not Dabbling in Normal to see how everyone is doing. I will be posting on NDIN every other Sunday in a recap for the “south” region. On the alternating Sundays I will do the recap here at Sincerely, Emily. The Challenge runs from November 27th, 2011 through March 31st, 2012.
- Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard is in Elmendorf, TX. – 24 miles south of San Antonio
- Bella Vista Ranch is in Wimberly, TX – 63 miles NNW San Antonio
- Texas Olive Ranch is near Carrizo Spring TX – 120 miles SW of San Antonio