On one of those sunny fall days that we here in the northwest revel in, I had an idea. It probably popped into my head while I was eating one of those warm, smells-like-summer, juicy tomatoes from the farmers market. I’ve been slicing them up with fresh basil and feta cheese, and then drizzling on olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. That, to me, is a plate of amazing food!
So, the idea is to blog about my journey of discovering and connecting with our local farmers who are producing these wonderful foods right here in our extended Portland neighborhood. And while we’re lucky to have so many stores that carry organic foods, it just seems to make more sense to support our local farmers through the farmers markets, CSAs, farms selling directly to the consumer, farm markets, buying coops, etc..
Of course, not all my food can be grown in the Portland area—no coffee plantations here that I know of! But every time I buy something locally, even if it’s just one thing, I know I’m reducing my footprint by not having foods shipped from afar, cutting out plastic packaging, supporting sustainable farming, and in my mind, one of the most important things—creating a strong community where we support those who not only grow our food, but who also are the caretakers of our soil and land.
I’m hoping to bring in interviews– informal chats really– and information about the different farms and events in our area. And speaking of events, here’s a fun one in Portland tomorrow, October 8th, for cheese lovers–that would be everyone, right?
They’ll be closing off SE 9th Ave. between Belmont and Yamhill for 35 local cheese makers to set up stands, and the weather looks like it might be partly sunny. Cheese and sun in Portland, what could be better!
I’m excited to start this journey and to share it with you—so please jump in with comments; I’d love to hear from you.