Extreme Local Food
Tonight, I made an incredibly healthy and tasty meal – using all ingredients from farmers within 150 miles of Austin. Most of the meal – a yummy combination of red lentils, zucchini, okra, carrots, and green pepper, with Asian spices – came from sellers at the Austin Farmers Market, which is a producer-only market held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lentils were purchased at Whole Foods Market and are from Austin’s New World Sprouts. The spices – garlic, ginger, soy sauce, salt, pepper, sesame oil – were not locally produced, but the appropriately named beer was from the East side’s Independence Pale Ale. The beer was especially important since I made the food a wee bit too salty.