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I've been lucky enough to be eating a lot of fresh garden grown vegetables lately and it's got me thinking how important it is to eat food that's grown locally, and how sad I am not to have a garden where I can grow herbs and vegetables.
This weekend, I got to visit some friends of mine who not only have a wonderful garden, but also live in an area with a lot of farms and who have decided to buy as much fresh fruits and vegetables while they're in season and preserve them for the winter (by freezing, canning and dehydrating, mostly). They even bought a chest freezer for their pantry and in the two days that we were there they froze almost 4 quarts of string beans (bought for $5 at a farm stand) and a whole bunch of sliced peaches.
Even at my parents house, where things are much less methodical, as soon as we arrived we went out into the garden and then made a wonderful salad with fresh heirloom and baby tomatoes and garden basil.
I realize there are a lot of things I should learn -- canning for instance -- although I don't think I have a pot big enough at the moment. At least I might try to freeze some fresh fruits and vegetables for the winter, until my little freezer won't hold anymore... Also, I'm going to see if there's the kind of program in Paris where you subscribe and get a basket of fruit and veggies a week from a farm depending on what's in season.
Do any of you preserve food? Do you grow your own or buy from local farmers? Besides being much better for the environment (especially if it's organic), supporting local food is often cheaper with gas prices going up and up. I definitely recommend it!