Recipe #11: LOCAL FOOD WEEK

You can’t get much more local than what we ate for lunch today…prepared and served by The Animal Whisperer himself.  (Before he slaughtered Dinner.)

Trout that our 7-year-old caught in Tim’s pond in Cripple Creek yesterday.

Peaches grown and delivered by a farmer from Grand Junction.

Tomatoes from a friend’s garden.

Mozzarella from our goat’s milk that I made for Aly Myles this morning.

Carrots from our garden.

Here are the recipes:

Catch and clean trout.  If you don’t know anywhere you can fish for free, post an ad on Craigslist that you are willing to fish on a person’s pond who is looking to reduce their fish population.  It has been a year with drought conditions in the foothills/mountains, and many ponds are very low, risking freezing solid and killing ALL of the fish.  Pond owners may be willing for you to fish at their ponds to help them reduce the population.

Them are some good chompers!

Trout:  Either cook on the barbecue plain like The Animal Whisperer did or…

…Put 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of cornmeal, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper and 1/4 tsp of garlic powder in a bowl like Tim did yesterday.  Mix together.  Dredge the damp fish into the flour mixture to coat.  Melt butter in a frying pan and fry the fish on both sides until meat is flakey.   Wow.  Was that good!

Peaches:  Call White Orchards, LLC, 970-464-5072 to sign up for the peach delivery…I think they may be done with deliveries for this season, but get on their list for next year!  They deliver boxes of peaches to a pick up point in Green Mountain Falls at various times in late August through September.

Carrots:  Plant them in your garden in the spring.  Pick them around now.

Mozzarella:  Sign up for The Goat Cheese Making Class (support LOCAL business!) or buy a gift certificate for the class ($10 off if you buy during Local Food Week!)

Tomatoes:  Make friends with your neighbor…novel concept, huh?…and see if you can trade them something you have for a few of their garden tomatoes!  Or, plant your own!  Or, sneak into your neighbor’s yard after dark, steal some tomatoes and blame it on the squirrel the next day when your neighbor tells you over the fence that a few of his best tomatoes went missing in the night.

Start eating LOCAL!  Whether it be from your own back yard and learning to can and preserve from Bonnie or from the farmer’s market or from Ranch Foods Direct, or Tim, or a friend like Marilan (who raises her own chickens…and I’m trying to convince her to raise a lot more so she can sell them.  They are delicious…what do you think?  Should she do it???  Please comment below!

So, I have a challenge for you.  Are you up to it?  Are you ready to DIVE IN?  If not, turn back now.  You are not in the zone.  But, if you ARE ready…

HERE’S THE CHALLENGE:  At EVERY meal this week, eat AT LEAST ONE THING THAT IS GROWN IN COLORADO!!!  Can you do it?

Keep me up to date on Facebook of your progress and success….if you are brave enough to take the challenge!

I know you can do it! 

–  The Goat Cheese Lady

About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Growing up, the closest thing I had to farm animals were a cat and a cockatiel. In 2009, Herbert (my husband) and I bought our first milk goat and I instantly became an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life..before I knew “urban homesteading” was a thing. That’s when we began The Goat Cheese Lady Farm, hence The Goat Cheese Lady blog you’re visiting now. After moving to the country in 2014, I embarked on life as a rural farmgirl. We continued teaching farm and cheesemaking classes, raising more goats and began construction on our cheese creamery. But life had other plans and in 2017, we decided that, due to financial and health issues, we had to close the farm for business. No more classes, no more creamery, a lot less milking. We went back to off farm jobs, I as an Occupational Therapist, Herbert in construction with his business, D&A Home Remodeling. At that point, I made a silent promise to myself that I would corral my entrepreneurial mind and focus on a job for a year. Well, it has been a year and I am back. Not to classes, cheese, soap or lotion, but back to writing. I love it. I’m not sure where it will lead me, but that’s where I’m starting. I’ll continue to write as The Goat Cheese Lady for now, and whatever the future holds, I’ll let you know. Our two boys are 14 and 11 and continue to be louder than my sister and I ever were. We have two dogs, Montaña and Flash, a cat, Jumpy, a flock of chickens and three goats. Yes, we still have Lucy, the goat who helped us start it all and was milked by over 1,000 people. She’s retired but still the boss. Chocolate provides enough milk for our family with some to spare for the dogs. Soccer friends, school friends, coyotes and mice are frequent visitors. There are way too many flies and every so often we see an owl. I’m glad you’re here. Sometimes you’ll laugh out loud, other times you’ll be inspired to appreciate the small things. My hope is that, over your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon work break, you’ll enjoy the antics and inspiration that are my daily life. Lindsey
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2 Responses to Recipe #11: LOCAL FOOD WEEK

  1. Melina says:

    Oookayy, I’ve been blaming those poor, innocent squirrels for tomatoes disappearing. Gotta get a bigger trap…

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