When meals are made up of bits and pieces like chocolate, pickles, thyme, plums and wine, you know life is treating you ok.
Last year I challenged myself to an Eat Local challenge throughout the year. While this year, I won’t be continuing with the same challenge, I will still be eating as much locally produced food as I can possibly get my hands on.
Summer holiday time is a great time for local and seasonal goodies. Wonderful things given as gifts, deliciousness made available because of the season, and sometimes just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
These are a few of the things that have been gracing our bench tops lately.
Gifted Spencer Cocoa, (cocoa beans grown in Vanuatu and made in Mudgee, NSW)
Pickles bought at Moruya Markets, with cucumbers grown a couple of hundred metres down the road.
Thyme from my window sill.
Plums from an organic laden orchard I was lucky enough to visit.
A wonderful bottle of Elysium wine. Bought direct from the makers, this company uses Australian natives for their wine making.
So good, all of them.
I didn’t enter a super market for any of those goodies, and damn, that felt good. It makes me so incredibly happy to be eating a fair chunk of our food like this.
Have a look around you, see what locally produced food you can find, let me know and let’s spread the word even further. I’m always on the look out for more small and local producers, and they in turn are always on the look out for more consumer support for their products.
Happiness really just might be, in supporting and eating local.