Everywhere I look, I am reading and hearing more and more about the benefits of purchasing locally raised food and other products. The Michigan State legislature has officially designated September 13, 2007 as its third annual Buy Fresh, Buy Local - Select Michigan Day. Find a local Farmers' Market, a local farm stand, or a grocery store that purchases and highlights locally produced foods.
I'm celebrating this event by purchasing a large amount of organic red sweet peppers from a local farm that I will roast and freeze to have available during this winter. I am always distressed that organically grown sweet peppers are nearly impossible to find in stores anytime of the year, but especially during the winter. Even then these conventionally grown peppers have often been imported and cost a bundle, all for a food that the Environmental Working Group has put near the top of their list of vegetables that are the most heavily contaminated with pesticides. So I am very excited about my upcoming purchase this coming Saturday morning and look forward to spending my afternoon roasting and freezing my winter supply of locally grown organic red sweet peppers for a very reasonable price!
Addendum: I just realized that I left this post in the draft folder and didn't publish it - whoops! I must have gotten distracted. Now I have my peppers so it's off to the kitchen for an afternoon of roasting and freezing, looking forward to a winter of yummy and healthy roasted red peppers on pizza, in hummus, pasta, sandwiches, and on and on and on!
Let me know what you bought from your Farmers' Market. :-)
Diana Dyer, MS, RD