Last week I put on my boots and headed inland to pick strawberries from an organic farm. There are some farms locally but for strawberries you really should have organic. Not all local farms are organic. I clean about 5 pounds of strawberries everyday for breakfast and at the end of the season I have touched over 400 pounds of strawberries. For me, I feel an imperative to make sure that there are no pesticides.
I picked 13 pounds the first day I was there. I will go back this week and pick more. We use the strawberries in our fruit cups and our green smoothies. Our green smoothies are also made with local kale, spinach and blueberries (organic of course). Eating local has become a learning experience for me. Learning what local food compliment each other is as much as a learning curve as learning how to bake vegan. There are fine lines I believe that should be respected. I am not sure why people think chocolate could ever be local to Maine. Taking ingredients from other parts of the world and preparing them in Maine, does not make it from Maine. Making Maine wine from California grapes, that just does not equal my definition of local.
Jesse prepared a wonderful organic french toast with local organic strawberry compote for breakfast yesterday. Our bacon from Maine Street Meats is a nice addition to any of our entrees.
Blueberry season is right around the corner. Blueberries are much harder to pick than strawberries. The berry is smaller and if you do not have a proper rake it can be difficult to accumulate quantity. For the blueberries, I make a donation to the Coastal Mountain Land Trust, the organization that helps to preserve a lot of land, including Beech Hill. Beech Hill is a wonderful hill that has organic blueberry fields. If you are a contributing member, you get first pick at the harvested berries. In my opinion, a great deal! Here is a link to my last blog post on Health Eats in Camden Maine