Be Local, Cook Local

Asparagus is coming in and strawberries aren’t far behind.

And you, are you tired of the tired produce at Giant? Get thee to a growery! You know, a farm, a place where stuff comes out of the ground and you can eat it.

Hmmm … how to find a place like that?

Easy! Go to Agmap, the Penn State agricultural aggregator, and search for just about anything edible that grows in Pennsylvania. It will lead you to places like Creekside Farm, which grows microgreens to order for top local restaurants, and Spiral Path Farm, which offers shares in a Community Supported Agriculture program — boxes of good fresh produce.

At Spiral Path, “a full share member receives a weekly box every Wednesday filled with between 8-11 items each week. This share is usually large enough to feed a family of four, or two vegetarians.” Too much? Share a share with a friend.

Feeding customers rather than family?

Michael Harants of Mechanicsburg, head chef for the U.S. Navy, talked about quantity service with local product on a panel this spring with Google executive chef Nate Keller  (our friend Heidi’s kid.)


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In culinary school and getting ready to trade the writing life for the cooking life. Or not. Might do both. At the moment I'm a feature writer for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. My name is Pat Carroll.

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