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Going Locavore!

Being utterly inspired after our, recently finished, Permaculture Design Course, we have decided to go forward and experiment. We will become locavores for one week.

Wikipedia: A locavore is a person interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market.

We hope to get some more awareness on how many products come from very far away and get some more creativity with what we can actually get from around the corner and from our garden. Come along!

Day 1 An utterly odd day

Finishing some crackers

Fried eggs from our chickens, butter and cheese from a nearby farmer and bread from the local baker (with local flour)

Home made farmer’s chicken soup with veg and herbs from the garden with left over rice noodles from yesterday

We got kilos of green tomatoes and tomatillos from the garden and it is time to make our famous green tomato and ginger jam. Immediately I am realize that sugar cane comes from far away countries. How did we preserve in the days before sugar? Well there was the local sugar beet of course. I compensate with making sugarless salsa verde from the tomatillos that I sterilise, however I had to throw in some lemons for the good taste, they are probably not French. Well we are half in half out today anyway. We are finishing some last crackers and cookies and rice noodles, because we consider it doesn’t matter whether we eat them or the pigs.

Gill Chatelier, a close by organic farmer, where we always get our composted soil also has some oil and flour and since years I pass by. Rather shabby years ago, it is now a lovely little boutique and turns out to be a great discovery, which makes the locavore experiment already a success. Outside of the flour and oil, he has nice apple vinegar, I discover you can order great organic beef and veal packages, locally made pasta and organic bread and the best one; organic seeds for the chickens and ducks. We have been surfing all over the web to find good organic seeds and now it is here 4km from home and even cheaper than the non gmo seeds we have been buying so far!

The day is taking a strange turn. I break the lawn mower and tear up a cheque of €185 to us, while it should have been another one. Santi has already 3 weeks of toothache and is suddenly showing a big space between two teeth. The tab of the shower breaks and of course it is a multiple days project to fix it. We went to steal cardboard behind the big supermarket (which we use in the garden, but it ended up not being there) and brush against a big wild boar which came out of no where. He limped off in the woods. We are both completely out of spirit and decide we deserve a café mocha, while a new house guest, a mouse, is chewing on a bag of potato chips in the cupboard. Probably best to just go to bed.

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