Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Food Independence Day


I hope everyone enjoyed the July 4th holiday weekend as much as I did. I opted to forgo cleaning the house in favor of relaxing and spending as much time outside as possible. I enjoyed quality time with my husband and family, and of course, I savored delicious local eats!

But back to the title of this post ... What is Food Independence Day?

According to their Facebook site:

"Local foods are patriotic, whether you’re buying them from producers in your area or growing some of your own. They’re good for our local farmers, our economies, our health, and that of the planet. Best of all, they taste great because they’re fresh from the soil. Food Independence Day is being coordinated by the nonprofit group Kitchen Gardeners International in partnership with the IATP Food and Society Fellows program. We’re asking our nation’s first families not only to lead by example but to eat by example by sourcing their meals as locally, deliciously, and sustainably as possible."

With finds from my local farmer's market and from my herb garden we definitely enjoyed some food independence:
Grilled leeks with chive, oregano Dijon dressing
Grilled summer squash & zucchini with a basil walnut garlic scape pesto
Grilled corn with chili lime butter.

Independence sure does taste good!
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