Eat Local Celery or What’s Local, Caputo’s – UPDATED
One of the great thing about blogging or just participating in various online foodie fora is the track record you build. Of course it’s fun to re-visit some past trip or favorite restaurant now gone (although the search engines of Chowhound make this slightly less possible than one would like). Still, what the archives show me more than anything, is that last year’s obsession is usually this year’s obsession. And I’ve had a thing for local celery for quite a bit. For instance, once upon a time when there was only a small army of locavores, blogging away at eatlocalchallenge.com, I made one of my contributions on local celery. At least others share concerns with this plant. Wendy admitted to antipathy for local celery until she figured out the ideal vehicle for it. It is best, I’ve found, with celery, to compromise.
Sort of . It’s local. My wife was already pleased with her day ahead. Spin class, lunch at Longman & Eagle* and then a discounted showing of Super 8 at the Logan made for an ideal day off. To learn that Caputo’s advertised local celery in their weekly flier, that just made the day better. See, she’s way long in eggplants and has caponata on her mind. She’s been hankering for local celery, and not the intense stuff Wendy needed to turn into celery-salt. She needed regular “eating celery.” Contrary to what I wrote in 2008, there is commercially grown, local celery. Celery grown by farmers who do the blanketing necessary to tame the celery, make it usable for caponata. Commercial or not, the ample dirt and irregularities of the stalks we found at Caputo’s showed this stuff was grown by a real farmer, not some corporate enterprise. Michigan celery was one of several locally grown products now for sale at Caputo’s.
Other locally grown products now there include melrose peppers, sweet corn, blueberries, and green peppers. As we’ve noted, there are times to shop the farmer’s markets and time to shop the supermarkets. When it comes to celery, now, especially, it’s time to shop at Caputo’s.
UPDATE: More local produce now at Caputo’s: full bushel and half-bushels of Michigan plum tomatoes, great for canning–believe me, we’ve used these tomatoes before for canning.
2400 N. Harlem Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
Phone: (708) 453-0155
*Turned out the timing did not work for Longman AND Logan, but we quite enjoyed the offerings from the restaurant attached to Supermercado Jimenez on Fullerton.