Saturday, November 1, 2008
Lately I've been focusing on stocking up for the winter months. Since I've never attempted to do this before, I'm kind of sticking with what I know will keep. I'm hoping we'll be able to eat locally grown through more of the year this way, and in addition we can get good prices on flour, rice, and other things that are expected to increase in price. And with the amount of bread and seitan I'm hoping to make this winter, it will be handy to have large quantities of flour available.
I got a 50lb bag of locally grown/milled whole wheat flour through the co-op, and am currently in search of a container to keep it in. We're going to be ordering large bags of rice and quinoa as well, and our housemate should be home soon with a 25lb bag of local organic pintos from the farmer's market. We also invested in that most New Mexican of ornaments, a ristra from our old neighborhood in La Cienega. Unlike most Santa Feans, we will not be hanging ours outside to rot--we'll be using it to cook all winter long. Next week we are going to invest in a very large jar of local jam, because we did not manage to make jam of our own this summer.
We also joined a 10 week winter CSA from Harmony Farm in Abiquiu. We came home today with Spinach, Kale, salad greens, carrots, beets, and a daikon radish today. Yum!