New Discoveries

I just wrote a rather lengthy post on the Eat Local Challenge weblog. I hope you’ll take a look. Here’s how it starts:

As the month progresses, I am learning more about our local foodshed every day. Living in this way, always asking about where food comes from, and challenging ourselves to see how locally we can eat, brings a certain energy to nearly every meal. Our interactions with farmers, vendors, restaurateurs, and buyers at the grocery store are all imbued with a kind of vital force. Once I explain our mission, the person on the other end of the phone line, or the other side of the table, becomes excited and animated in their efforts to help us find information about the food we’re buying, or a good source for something we need.

In the past week, we have made some decisions, and discovered some foods, that make me understand even more deeply the gray areas between “in the foodshed” and “out of the foodshed.” I’ve begun to realize that this month’s challenge is the refinement of a practice that will inform our food choices for the rest of our lives.

Click here to read the rest of the post.

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3 Responses to New Discoveries

  1. Debra says:

    Azure Farms in Dufur, Oregon grow their own organic grains, including wheat. I believe they are a tad under 100 miles from Portland. Their website is

  2. Holly says:


    Thanks for the recommendation. We will check them out for sure. We are in the midst of a LARGE purchase of Shepherd’s Grain—we took the plunge and bought 50# white and wheat. Yikes! It’s great, actually, it is getting me to bake bread regularly, which has been a goal for a while, and every time I would get a little momentum going, we’d be out of flour. Not this time, by gosh. Tonight it’s paratha, a first for me.

    Thanks for reading.

  3. Patrick says:

    Turns out that we can get Azure grains (and, I think, some legumes) at the co-op!

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