A meal of local produce and sustainable salmon!
My wife and I were privileged to sample some of what the Galesburg Farmers Market and a local salmon CSA had to offer this weekend. An excellent dinner was prepared by our friends, Paul Steenis and Kevin Brodt at their home at Oak Run, a resort community several miles east of Galesburg.
The produce that we had represented what is in season at this moment in Western Illinois. This included a salad with bibb lettuce, carrots, and red bell pepper. The fare also included fresh sweet corn, first of the season, as well as green and yellow wax beans. All of these were procured at the Galesburg Farmers Market the day before. The freshness of the produce was helped make the meal a much more enjoyable experience than it would have been with store bought produce.
The main course of the meal was the excellent king salmon. It was prepared on a cedar plank on a grill. This was wild caught salmon that came to us by way of a salmon CSA. Yes, a salmon CSA! Sitka Shares, a local Galesburg CSA offers shares of salmon in the same way a farmer would offer shares of produce through a CSA.
Of course, since Knox County Illinois waterways such as the Spoon River, Spoon Lake and Court Creek are not known for their salmon runs, this is not a “local” product. The salmon that Sitka Shares offers is a sustainable product though as the salmon are sustainably harvested fish, harvested by low-impact, low-volume fishermen who are committed to reducing bycatch and putting quality ahead of quantity. Part of the membership fee in the CSA goes back to wild salmon, as one percent of all revenue goes to salmon habitat restoration and conservation.
What can be said about the meal that Paul and Kevin fixed for us was that it was both local and sustainable!
Sitka Salmon Shares:
The Growing Galesburg Galesburg Farmers Market site: