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Small Farm Food

May 3rd, 2014

If you’ve been reading here long you know I’m a big advocate of local and small farm food. Just because I try to eat locally doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy food from afar. Growing up in Colombia gave me a taste for all things tropical. Just like the rest of the food in my diet I source my tropical goodies from small farms as well. We live in a day and age that makes that very easy.
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Yesterday I received a beautiful box of avocados from Fairview Orchards in California. I received 18 beautiful avocados, wonderfully fresh. They were picked Monday and arrived at my place on Friday morning (they were supposed to arrive Wed, but the USPS 2-day Priority isn’t what it used to be).
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I’m super excited to be able to eat avocados till my heart’s content. They’ll be on the menu every morning with eggs (one of our favorite ways to enjoy them). No doubt some of them will be mashed, mixed with lemon juice and frozen for future enjoyment and I might even get crazy and make a batch of that avocado ice cream I’ve heard so much about. If you’re looking for sources of small farm favorites, check, they are a great resource for all things local and small farm.

What’s your favorite fruit/vegetable from afar that’s not local to your area?  

7 Comments to “Small Farm Food”
  1. Ilene on May 3, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Every now and then I will buy an avocado just for me. Hubs doesn’t like them. My favorite way to use them is in a salad. Black turtle beans, corn, chopped ripe tomato, bell peppers and sweet onion, chopped avocado. Stir in some lemon juice, a little salt and pepper, and that’s it.

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  2. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on May 3, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Pineapple is my ultimate weakness.

    I think it’s interesting that they cost $3 here at the grocery store cored or whole. Yet my cousin who lives in Hawaii pays $9 for a pineapple where they grow locally! How frustrating. (actually, she doesn’t pay that because she just doesn’t buy them, buys them here.)

    And this week…..there $2 at the local grocery store.

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  3. Sara on May 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Our co-op gets these organic satsuma mandarins right around thanksgiving/christmas time and they are easily the best citrus I’ve ever hard, we go through boxes of them. It’s the perfect treat for us in a cold, dark time of year :)

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  4. Nebraska Dave on May 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Susy, what a novel idea. Buying locally from afar. I knew from reading your post that you ordered food from other places but it didn’t click that it would be supporting local growers. It’s a great way to support the local growers from far away places. Just off the top of my head our fruits that would come from far away would be oranges and bananas.

    We have a huge Kellogg’s breakfast food plant here where I live. Would that be supporting locally? Yeah, didn’t think so. I know a manager that works there and he said when they get a load of raisins to use for the cereal it’s entire train boxcars full of raisins. He didn’t say how often they get a loads like that but I suspect its quite often.

    Have a good support for small farm food far away day.

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  5. KimH on May 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    FRESH FIGS!! OMG! However…. 2 years ago I planted a Chicago Hardy Fig and it has survived Ohio’s winters without any problems!! The first year I had about 4 figs.. last year I had 2 flushes and got about 20… Im hoping that quadruples this year. :)

    I also love Mexican lemons & Mexican squashes… thankfully I’ve found a commercial source for them a few towns over.. it works for me!

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  6. Chris on May 4, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Coffee…that’s a fruit right? :) Love…in fact I’m a member with my flowers! :)

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  7. Joan on March 29, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Oh, so hard to choose – Avocados would be right up there on the list, and mangos, and apricots…

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