We launched the Dark Days challenge with a local foods breakfast. Our dear friend Vera joined us for breakfast and the menu was multigrain pancakes, scrambled eggs with cheese and scallions, and bacon. The eggs came fresh from our own sweet chickens (0 miles). Ordinarily I make pancalkes from scratch, but I wanted to try the pancake mix from the Whole Grain Milling Co in Welcome, MN (135 miles) because it has received rave reviews. The bacon was from the Good Food Store co-op - labeled "local" despite being from LeMars, Iowa (264 miles). Normally we purchase bacon at the Farmers Market from a nearby farmer but we missed the previous market day because our cow hoof trimmer was here:
last year's Hoof Trimming post for complete details.)
Organic Valley (SE MN farms) and the honey and maple syrup (0 miles) were from our own farm. It was my first crop of honey form my own bees this fall. The maple syrup is from the silver maple trees in our yard collected last March --it takes 60 gallons of silver maple sap to make 1 gallon of syrup!
was mostly comprised of farm ingredients:
A green salad made from fresh chard (biondi di lyon and rainbow) and beauty heart radishes from our high tunnel greenhouse (0 miles), tossed in a salad with roasted pepitas (? miles), crimini mushrooms grown by Forest Mushrooms in St Joseph, MN (156 miles) and homemade honey-mustard dressing (honey from our bees - 0 miles).
We roasted beets from our garden (0 miles) and tossed them with ground pepper and a bit of balsamic vinegar (Italy--many miles).
The steak was served with the roasted beets and roasted baby onions grown in our garden, baked acorn squash drizzled with melted butter and farm honey, and accompanied by a delectable bottle of GoGo Red wine from Cannon River Winery (45 miles).
A simple, local feast fit for kings -- or farmers!