Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Scouting local food
I took some leftover soup from last night to work for lunch today, but forgot the asiago cheese to sprinkle on the top. I had some time, so I took a break and went down the street to the Earthfare to pick some up. Earthfare has promoted the idea of local foods, so I was interested to see what they might have that I could use for my Dark Days Challenge/ SOLE dinner. Outside the store, they advertise a farmers market on Sunday afternoons – I look forward to checking that out since the county market is closed for the season. Interestingly, they had fewer fruits and vegetables labeled as being locally grown than the Harris Teeter where I normally shop. Harris Teeter has locally grown greens, yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant and sweet potatoes. Earthfare had heirloom tomatoes. But, the meat counter was a different story… Earthfare has locally raised rib eyes and ground beef! Great find, and not just for the Challenge – ever since I read the NY Times story about the devastating effects of flawed beef inspections, grocery store ground beef freaks me out (not that I would EVER buy ground beef or anything else for that matter at Sam’s or Wal-mart). But then I started thinking about what the E in SOLE was really about. My first thought was that each person has to decide for herself what “ethical” food is. Immediately recognizing that this line of thought could quickly veer into my own personal philosophical debate about ethical relativism (and not wanting to go there), I tried again. If I planned to blog about this to a community of other Dark Days Challlengers, how was that group going to define “ethical”? Would I be ostracized by all (as opposed to just some) for cooking Elsie? Ultimately, I decided that if my hamburger had had a happy life prior to being ground up – as opposed to being penned in and pumped full of crap, that’s good enough for me. Maybe the kids and I can ride out to the farm and take pictures of the happy cows.