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.
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