This photo of the Hillsdale Farmer's Market pretty much says it - Dark Days in the Pacific Northwest! I went there for the first time today. The good news about them is that they are open year round. The not-so-good news is that they just open up every other week. And, for some time now, I have kept missing the "on" week. I also learned today the hard way that you need to get there early before the vendors run out of most things.
At any rate, our eating local efforts this week went pretty much as I had predicted. Most of the weeknight meals were leftovers of the Moroccan squash soup and the chicken chili I'd made last weekend. Otherwise, we ate out one night and had swordfish (definitely not local) another. Last night I tried a chicken and soba noodle dish. Those two main items were not local (still the California chicken), but I did "beef it up", so to speak, by adding quite a few vegetables that were almost all local - Asian greens, Walla Walla sweet onion, shitakes. That kind of partial effort is more often what I am able to do these days.
Tonight's dinner will be quite a bit closer to the goal, however. I am going to try out a recipe from Anita at Married with Dinner. When I was growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (yes, I am actually am one of those), we used to eat Cornish pasties, a holdover tradition from the Welch miners. And, I've pretty much not seen them anywhere else since. So, I was quite intrigued when I saw that Anita was making them. All the inside stuff will be locally grown - beef, potatoes, rutabaga, onion, and I'm going to try some shitakes in one of them to see how that tastes. The pastry, though, uses ingredients that I either don't know about or are from elsewhere. Anita recommended either rendering the fat myself or getting manteca fresca. Rendering pork fat seems like a challenge I'm not quite ready for, so I headed to a Mexican market for the lard.
After the visit to the Hillsdale farmer's market today, though, I will have a few more choices for local meals this week. Here's a picture of the chicken, soba, and vegetables. I thought it was quite pretty even if only half within our 200 mile radius.