Archive for April, 2011

April 24, 2011

When Local is Global and Global is Local

It was a rainy Saturday in April.  No kid activities were scheduled. What is the Family Foodie to do?  I know, let’s explore some of the small global-local markets in our backyard! Well, only the eldest jumped at that offer, but jump he did, and off we went.

Having lived in enough towns where ethnic cuisine is limited to the pizza-pasta-sub joint on Main Street, I am constantly amazed at the variety that surrounds us in the greater DC metro area.  We decided to begin our shopping tour at the small family Vietnamese market (Vietnam Supermarket, 6609 Wilson Boulevard) around the corner from our house — right next to BJs!

When you enter the market, you are greeted with open boxes of produce, and seedlings for you to take home.

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April 11, 2011

Highlights from the Family Foodie

Arugula sprouted first….and other greens aren’t far behind!! Little raddichio and spinach sprouts have also been sighted….

Sometimes we need to have pie before dinner…local apples, not so local strawberries

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April 3, 2011

Spring Sowing

April is here, and it’s time to get the garden going.  We’re a bit late for lettuce, but we had a miserable end of March weatherwise, so I think it’s a good thing we were a bit slow on getting started. It’s mild and partly sunny today – a great day to put in our cool weather leafy greens. A visit to one of our favorite gardening stores and a thoughtful reflection on what we expect our CSA to bring starting June 7th guided us as we decided what to plant.  Because we like to eat salad every night, we thought that a $23 investment would certainly pay off (especially since lettuce at the market is typically $5.00 a bag – which is just enough to accompany one meal for our family). As you can see, we hope to be eating lots of green and red and yellow plants come May and June.

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April 2, 2011

Maddie’s Marvelous March Market

is colorful,

and sweet,

and sour,

and sustainable,

and always makes us smile.

Here’s hoping your trip to the farmer’s market brought you happiness this week.  Spring is upon us, and produce will be bursting out all over soon!

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