I often marvel at the abundance of fresh, local produce to which we have access here in the North State. In addition to our many farmer’s markets, local stores like S&S and Chico Natural Foods are great sources of locally-grown produce. And the local GRUB movement (Growing Resourcefully Uniting Bellies) has been in full swing this season, encouraging and assisting folks in setting up community gardens.
I’ve enjoyed participating in our little W. Lindo GRUB garden with friends (see photos below) and have been loving trying new recipes with our fresh-picked produce. (Special thanks to Liz and Gene for providing the space and working so diligently to keep our garden growing, and to the lovely GRUB volunteers!) Along with a small standard organic garden, we’re experimenting with “straw bale” gardening (no digging, no snails/slugs, less bending!) We also compost, which I love–less stuff clogging the landfill.
Kudos to local restaurants which have gone “locavore” (buying local produce): Sierra Nevada, Red Tavern, Spice Creek, Crush 201, Bustolini’s, Sin of Cortez, Bacio Carry Out Cuisine and Catering, Guzzetti Catering, Grilla Bites, CafÃ© Flo, Raw Bar and Tin Roof Bakery.
My Netflix copy of the documentary “Food Inc.” just arrived, so I think I’ll kick “Eat Local, Chico” month off by watching it this weekend (after a nice fresh-from-the-garden stir fry and salad).
Here’s to eating healthful, locally-grown food!