This Week Eat Local Without Venturing Outside – Irv and Shelly’s Freshpicks

January 26, 2015 at 10:21 am

Eat Local Now

Wasn’t it just last week we were saying, the reasons to eat local don’t go away when the weather turns cold. And don’t be fooled Chicago, just because we escaped the storm of the century bearing down on the East coast, does not mean we’re done with winter. Oh, we have plenty of cold a-comin’ and probably a thing or two heavier than this weekend’s dusting. Here’s the thing, we can maintain our locavore life without ever living the comfort of our bungalows. Just point your way to Local Beet sponsors Irv and Shelly’s Freshpicks and you can continue to eat local all year.

Know that almost the whole inventory available for home delivery from Irv and Shelly is local or organic, but they help you by putting in very bold letters, what is local on any given week. So, for instance, I start browsing through the produce. I see the beets are no longer local but the red and green cabbage are. I could order away and not fret so much. Other local produce available this week includes daikon radish, celery root, hard squash and turnips. There are also the key kitchen staples onions and potatoes in local versions. You could make a couple of nice salads from the radishes and cabbages, glaze some turnips (we’re partial to miso in our house) and roast some squash. Does that sound like a boring week of food?

Just as vital as providing local produce when you think there is none, Irv and Shelly provide the full array of eat local stuff. You can make your whole diet local just from shopping online. There is butter and cheeses from our friends at Nordic Creamery; milk from local farms in Illinois and Wisconsin (taste test!); local eggs, and all the meat your need. Even the fish comes from local waters on Freshpicks. Finally, dive into all the sauces, cakes, condiments, and other quality treats produced by area artisans. Many choices.

Getting back to those reasons to eat local. When we began this endeavor, an early reason was the challenge. I mean there was blog called Eat Local Challenge. Could you do it, we asked ourselves all over the country. We all answered that one long ago. Knowing we could has allowed us to focus on the many better reasons to eat local: the quality of the food, the ability to use the right kinds of growers and producers, respect for animals, protection of the environment and cash to the community. Still, we did it when there was some challenge, especially in tracking down local food in dark days. Now, how much challenge is there to boot up the computer, hit the bookmark for, and fill up your virtual basket with local food.