Come on, ‘fess up- do you buy hothouse tomatoes and peppers?
OK, I’ll be the first: yes, I bought a package of grape tomatoes last week. They were only .99 and were organic- how could I pass them up? Oh, and they were good, too. The grape tomatoes don’t seem to be as bland as regular store tomatoes, do they?
They were from California, which isn’t too far. How far can we go and be local?
Although I do have to say that I think the idea of eating local is great for things that grow well in my area, but since I don’t want to give up citrus or pineapple, 100% local is not one of my goals.
And I haven’t bought sweet peppers yet, though I’m sure I’ll buy those little ones from Costco in the near future. They’re already calling me…
Our fresh seasonal fare is mostly cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, citrus and apples. We’ve been eating a lot of frozen broccoli, too, along with the beans and corn I froze from the garden. We’re happy to have the frozen tomato sauce, too. I do buy lettuce or spinach to which I’ve been adding some of the pickled garden produce.
Anything from the garden? The kale continues to produce, and there are a few Brussels sprouts. The other day I pulled up about a dozen carrots from a fall planting and they were so sweet after the frosts we’ve been having. There’s a handful left, I think. The spinach is hanging on- I mostly like to plant it in the fall because it will take off in the early spring and give us our first spinach of the season.
What about you?
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