September is an important month. The season’s bounty is in full bloom. Somehow those dreary months of winter when only cellared root vegetables and greens are available seem so distant. Heirloom tomatoes overflow from farm stands, pumpkins shine brightly in the sun, and apples arrive crisp and fresh off the trees. It’s like a rainbow, shades of every color draw you in, inviting you to indulge in far more produce than you could consume. September is aptly dubbed National Organic Harvest Month and also marks month-long NY Locavore Challenge, sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY).
Happy Labor Day everyone! A time to enjoy the last barbeque of the summer with family and friends. NOFA-NY’s Locavore Challenge for today is “grill local meats and veggies”. Seems simple enough? Not so much in Brooklyn. Living in an apartment in Brooklyn, you have to make sacrifices. A door to door commute, but no backyard. Free heat, but no central AC. World class restaurants steps from your apartment, but lack of kitchen basics like a grill, But you make due. A few years ago, my mother in law got me a grill pan for Christmas. I might have asked for one, I really don’t remember, but now I can’t imagine living without one. If you live in a city and don’t have one, GO GET ONE NOW! I swear it will change your culinary life.
No longer do I need to envy those with a big shiny grill in their backyard or deck. Meet my grillpan!
Just a reminder, it’s September and DAY 1 of the NY Locavore Challenge. The Locavore Challenge, hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) encourages you to live on a diet of foods grown or raised no more than 250 miles from your home. Are you up for the challenge? It’s okay if you’re not, you can take baby steps, one day at a time. NOFA-NY has set up 30 challenges for the month of September, to support your journey of local food. Challenge 1: Register for the Locavore Challenge! Check! Challenge 2 for tomorrow: make a locavore shopping list (and go further by fulfilling that list at your local greenmarket).