Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Locally Known and Grown on Merrymeeting Bay

"We see local as: the closest place to get what you need at the lowest environmental cost."

The only salad that can make me happier than one that I have grown and made myself is a salad from Locally Known. I first found them at Whole Foods in Portland and have been so sad for over a year that I could not get them at my local Hannafords. Then the other day as I walked in and paused to pick up a paper, my eye swept across the salad cooler and there they were. Locally Known has made it to my town at long last! These folks have a mission akin to my own personal vision for the future and we too hope to farm, once again, on the shores of the Merrymeeting Bay. In their mission statement they write:
"At Locally Known, our goal is to provide the east coast with readily available, regionally grown, organic produce. We are supporting and establishing regional organic farms by creating a market and regional distribution network currently unavailable to New England's organic producers. Sustainability, environmental stewardship and social responsibility are the founding principles of company policy."
My thanks goes out to the folks at Locally Known for all that you do, particularly for making my daily cheese sandwich even better with your Baby Arugula! What I need to do is to get Hannafords to stock ALL their products year round so that my home made Ceasar Salads will be perfect year round.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Local and Homemade Buttermilk

While this economy has forced us to move away from organic milks and lean more heavily on the local Oakhurst or Cabot dairies, I was delighted to find at our local Hannaford, buttermilk from Kate's! It's a new product for her!

But, if you want to make something that calls for Buttermilk and you don't have it, here's what you can do to make it.

Buttermilk in a Pinch
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice PER 1 Cup of milk.
  • Whisk together and let stand 10 minutes.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Maine Morning Micro Roasters

There is nothing better than locally roasted coffee, and I don't think there is anything more local to me than Maine Morning Micro Roasters. Every time I go to the local farmer's market I smile when I see Heather under the tent for Maine Morning Micro Roasters. This family owned business has a rotating stock of seasonal beans that are hand selected, free trade, or organic; and chosen to ensure "good wages, a healthy working environment for the farmers and healthy coffee beans." Their commitment is clear and they even offer free delivery to those that qualify so please... go check them out! For a look at their current "bean bios" click here!