Bread and Wine, Milk and Butter
December 17, 2009 § 2 Comments
I had drinks last night at the Darlington House cantina with Greg Plotkin, a grant writer for American Farmland Trust/Sustainable Food and Poverty in America blogger for Change.org/all-around food and farmer lover (which makes him an instant friend in my book). The following things came up:
1. Starting this year of local eating in January was a rather terrible idea.
2. What was my plan for alcohol? God knows I’m not going dry. Is there local beer around here? Wine for sure I could do (thank you,Virginia). Though the thought of a year without my beloved tequila makes me sad inside. (note: need to find someone who is going to Mexico and will smuggle me back some. anyone?!?)
3. I should consider joining a CSA to keep costs down and make my life easier on Sunday mornings when I can’t get to the Dupont Market. Greg is a part of Star Hollow Farm, which conveniently has it’s drop point within spitting distance of my house in Adams Morgan. They also have an online ordering system so you only get what you want (it’s a super high-tech CSA, if there is such a thing). Wrote them an email, waiting to hear if I got in!! Feels like college applications all over again!
4. Is bread from a local bakery good enough, or will I need to make my own? Will need to research ingredients of breads at the markets. If made from organic, American flours, may buy from them. I would like to try to make the majority of my food from scratch though… so perhaps just one loaf per week? I’m fear dying of starvation if left to my own bread making skills. (Update: I’m saved!!! Atwater’s Bakery is delicious, sells at Dupont, and is the perfect example of what a sustainable, local food business should be- check it)
So I definitely left this conversation with some questions, but also a lot of answers. Greg is a veritable fount of resources for local food, so I’ll be adding many of the places he gave me to my lists of Where to Eat and Where to Find Food. For instance… did you know the new Cork Market sells Trickling Springs milk and butter? I’m saved!! Local bacon, eggs, bread, and butter and I’ll live through this winter yet.