On Being a Locavore

| 8/22/2008 3:19:26 PM


We locavores certainly do eat well – even when we don’t even know that’s what we are.

As a kid growing up in rural Oklahoma, I belonged to a family of seasonal locavores – so very hip before my time. Locavore, as you probably already know, is the hot new word these days, denoting someone who eats food grown locally. The definition of “local” is a somewhat moving target – some say within 100 miles, others within 300. In my family, most summer evenings, that meant within 50 yards.

Last night was an echo of those garden-fed dinners of my youth. My neighbors Ken and Nancy invited me over for a lamb chop. I brought the wine – the only non-local item on the menu – and we had a dinner so congenial I barely wanted to leave the table.

The lamb chops were from a neighbor just up the road and were grilled to sweet perfection. Four varieties of tomato came from Ken and Nancy’s garden: Black Kilm; Celebrity; Beefsteak and an orange tomato the name of which I didn’t learn. Nancy had prepared a cucumber and onion “pickle” (OK, I don’t think the vinegar was local) and I brought some ‘Peaches and Cream’ corn I had purchased in Kansas City from the Hen House grocers there (kudos to Hen House for their great work in offering as many local products as possible!).

Berry BasketDessert was hardly needed, but irresistible once Nancy brought it out: A communal bowl of fresh, nectar-sweet cantaloupe chunks and some of the big-as-kiwi-fruit blackberries from Ken and Nancy’s South 40. That color combination of cantaloupe and blackberry never fails to knock me out.

8/26/2008 9:13:02 AM

Thanks. They have been a huge treat -- and a great excuse to take the dogs to the top of the orchard every morning. Sadly, all pleasant things pass, and this, too, is just about over. I went up yesterday morning to get some berries for breakfast and only ended up with about a half cup. But that was enough for my granola and oh-boy, were they sweet. --KC

Taylor Miller
8/26/2008 8:28:19 AM

KC -- I want some of your blackberries. I covet your blackberries. =-D

Taylor Miller
8/26/2008 8:28:05 AM

KC -- I want some of your blackberries. I covet your blackberries. =-D

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