Category Archives: Farmers and Food Artisans

How Can You Save Money Buying Locally?

Have you ever heard of a wholesale buying club? It’s kind of like Costco for savvy shoppers who are able to pool orders together with other savvy shoppers and get amazing deals on REAL FOOD. Shhh, dont’ tell everyone about it though.

A whole new world has opened up for me this year. I can’t even remember the chain of events that led to this amazing discovery but I know it started with reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and then The Omnivore’s Dilemma and then seeking out meat buying clubs which lead to my discovery of the Kenmore Milkshed (how can I be 42 years old and never even knew you could get real milk?) and then all those deals they get gave me the idea to approach other farmers and ask if they had buying clubs.

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Weekly Seasonal Menu -Late Winter/Early Spring

Here we are again at the end of another food week and here was last week’s lineup:

  • Pear gorgonzola pizza with a combo of Estrella’s Wynoochie Blue and River Valley Ranch Mozzarella
  • Parsnip Cauliflower Coconut Curry Soup with veggies from Nash
  • Ham, cheddar and chive scones with ham from Thundering Hooves, Beecher’s cheddar and my chives just up
  • German Sausage from Olsen Farm in Colville, ID with homemade saurkraut made from my whey and cabbage from Nash
  • Soaked oatmeal muffins
  • Potato ham frittata with potatoes from Olsen Farm and ham from Thundering Hooves
  • Fruit leather from our applesauce made from Tonnamaker Hill Farm
  • Homemade chocolate cereal/snack in the dehydrator – hoping to post that recipe later in the week when I can remember how the heck I did it the first time
  • Homemade buckwheat cinnamon cereal made in the dehydrator – hoping to improve this one this week and post as well
  • Cheese popcorn (popped in olive oil then added butter and grated Beecher’s extra sharp cheddar and sea salt)
  • Chocolate oatmeal – made by adding cocoa powder, butter and maple syrup to oatmeal
  • Oh so much chocolate from Theo

Going with the Grain

Once the mill was on it’s way and we would shortly need bread I panicked.  I placed a large bulk order for various grains with

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