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Eating Locally By Chef Holli Ugalde

April 27, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Le Cordon Bleu 0 Comments

I love eating locally farmed food. If it’s grown here, then obviously it’s in season and takes out all of the guesswork of whether or not it tastes good. How wonderful is that?

Berries

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stared at the brightly lit shelves in the supermarket- fruits and vegetables newly waxed - wondering if grapes can really be in season all-year long.

But at the farmers’ market, my carrots still have dirt on them… yes... in season! You would be surprised by how many farms and u-pick orchards are tucked in the most unlikely of places. Even if you aren’t surrounded by farm-to-table restaurants or gourmet cheese shops, chances are you still have access to the same pristine ingredients at least once or twice a week.

peas and onions

Eating locally shouldn’t come with a set of rules, but a set of ideas and open doors to the best food. That’s what brings me to the market bright and early while the farm trucks are still being unloaded. The inspiration is soaking in. Crates of baby asparagus, oyster mushrooms, sacks of fragrant citrus and basket after gleaming basket of plump berries make their way in, cradled by loving hands.

Famers Market

The thought of tender spring garlic being plucked from the ground and fresh fava pods glistening with morning dew makes me giddy. Food is beautiful from start to finish. Here nothing has been waxed, gassed or picked too early but instead have been left to grow the way nature intended, ripened to the peak of perfection.

Holli Ugalde at Farmers Market

I wander from stand to stand taking in the delicious scent of ripe red strawberries, sampling my way to the bunches of tender leeks, spring garlic and piles of rainbow- colored onions. My canvas bag was already bulging under the weight of blood oranges, avocados, fava beans and purple Peruvian potatoes before adding in a few baskets of plump blueberries. I was suddenly aware that my hands were too full to sample freshly pressed olive oil. That’s when I decided I to call it quits and head home with spring’s bounty in tow. It was time to get into my kitchen and play!

Salad C

I wasn’t home long before my apron was pulled tight and steam swirled above the stovetop. Here are some helpful links you can use to search for a farmers’ market in your area. Another great source of information is your city’s Chamber of Commerce. They keep tabs on the farms and u-pick orchards that don’t exist in the digital world.

Happy cooking! Chef Holli

Avocado and Blood Orange Salad with Toasted Wheat Berries
Purple Peruvian and Spring Leek Bisque
Caramelized Spring Onion Soup
Sweet Meyer Lemon Pie with Honey Meringue
Fresh Blueberry Jam Tarts
California Avocado Gelato

Simple Searches
State + Local Poultry
State + Grass Fed Beef
State + Certified Farmers Market

State + Certified Farmers Market
http://www.slowfoodusa.org/
Alabama
http://www.fma.alabama.gov/AVAIL_CHART.htm
Alaska
http://www.alaskagrown.org/shopEat/freshBuys.html
Arizona
http://phoenix.about.com/od/whatsinseason/Whats_in_Season_at_Phoenix_Farmers_Markets_and_Grocery_Stores.htm
http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com
Arkansas
http://www.pickyourown.org/ARharvestcalendar.htm
California
http://guide.buylocalca.org
http://www.seasonalchef.com/marketpage.htm
http://www.cuesa.org/seasonality/charts/vegetable.php
http://www.cuesa.org/seasonality/charts/fruit.php
http://www.cafarmersmarkets.org/consumer/inseason.shtml
http://www.pickyourown.org/CAharvestcalendar.htm
http://groups.ucanr.org/GIM/Harvest_Calendar
http://www.visit-eldorado.com/farm_trails_visitors_guide_04_05/harvestcalendar.html
Colorado
http://www.ag.state.co.us/mkt/brochures/produce.html#Vegetables
http://www.pickyourown.org/COharvestcalendar.htm
Connecticut
http://www.ct.gov/doag/lib/doag/images/season.jpg
Delaware
http://www.state.de.us/deptagri/fmd/dates.shtml
Florida
http://www.florida-agriculture.com/marketing/seasonal_availability.htm
http://www.pickyourown.org/FLharvestcalendar.htm
Georgia
http://www.georgiaorganics.org
http://www.pickyourown.org/gadates.htm
http://www.georgiaorganics.org/foodguide/LFGguide.pdf
Idaho
http://www.idahopreferred.com
Illinois
http://www.agr.state.il.us/markets/WhatsInSeason.pdf
http://www.pickyourown.org/ILharvestcalendar.htm
Indiana
http://www.pickyourown.org/INharvestcalendar.htm
Iowa
http://www.pickyourown.org/IAharvestcalendar.htm
Kansas
http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/humannutrition/buying_gd_2.pdf
Kentucky
http://www.kyagr.com/kyproud/kyproud_001.htm
Maine
http://www.getrealmaine.com/learn/Availability.pdf
Maryland
http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/agripro.html
http://www.pickyourown.org/MDharvestcalendar.htm
Massachusetts
http://www.mass.gov/agr/markets/farmersmarkets/get_fresh_seasons.htm
http://www.buyfresh.org/Main/BuyingGuide.htm#WhatsInSeason
Michigan
Courtesy of the City of Holland, representative of Lower Peninsula:
http://www.cityofholland.com/Brix?pageID=423
Fruits: http://www.cityofholland.com/Brix?pageID=533
Vegetables: http://www.cityofholland.com/Brix?pageID=535
http://www.pickyourown.org/MIharvestcalendar.htm
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mda/Upick_avail_calendar_173366_7.pdf
Michigan Produce Availability (pdf)
Minnesota
http://www.pickyourown.org/MNharvestcalendar.htm
http://prideoftheprairie.org/localfoodsguide
Missouri
http://agebb.missouri.edu/fmktdir
Montana
http://townesharvest.montana.edu/documents/Montana_Food_Guide_Order_Form.pdf
Nebraska
http://www.agr.state.ne.us/pub/apd/produce.htm
Nebraska Produce Availability Chart: http://www.agr.state.ne.us/pub/apd/produce_chart.pdf
New Jersey
http://www.pickyourown.org/NJharvestcalendar.htm
http://www.honeybrookorganicfarm.com/thisweek/harvest_calendar.html
http://www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov
New Mexico
http://www.farmersmarketsnm.org/harvest.htm
New York
http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us/HarvestCalendar.html
http://www.pickyourown.org/NYharvestcalendar.htm
North Carolina
http://www.ncagr.com/markets/chart.htm
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/seasonavail.html
http://www.pickyourown.org/NCharvestcalendar.htm
North Dakota
Harvest Calendar (pdf)
Ohio
http://knox.osu.edu/ag/hgrown/avail.htm
http://www.pickyourown.org/OHharvestcalendar.htm
http://www.toledofarmersmarket.org/index.htm
http://ourohio.org/index.php?page=whats-in-season
Oklahoma
http://www.pickyourown.org/OK.htm
Oregon
http://www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org/cust/producetable.html
http://www.tricountyfarm.org/crop_availability.asp
http://www.pickyourown.org/ORharvestcalendar.htm
Pennsylvania
http://www.pickyourown.org/PAharvestcalendar.htm
http://bucks.extension.psu.edu/Agriculture/harvstcalndr.html
http://www.buylocalpa.org
Rhode Island
http://www.farmfreshri.org
South Carolina
http://www.scda.state.sc.us/consumerinformation/produceavailability/availcalweb.pdf
http://www.pickyourown.org/scharvest.htm
Tennessee
http://picktnproducts.org/food/season.html
http://www.pickyourown.org/TNharvestcalendar.htm
Texas
http://www.texasmonthly.com/food/produce/index.php
http://www.pickyourown.org/TXharvestdates.htm
Central Texas: http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/AFM_eatfresh.html
Utah
http://www.utahcountyonline.org/Dept/Exten/Data/harvestcal.pdf
Vermont
http://vermontagriculture.com/buylocal/learn/seasonalityChart.html
Virginia
http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/chart.html
http://www.pickyourown.org/VAcalendar.htm
Washington, D.C.
http://www.freshfarmmarket.org/calendar.php
Washington State
http://www.pickyourown.org/WAharvestcalendar.htm
Puget Sound:
http://www.SeasonalCornucopia.com
http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/veg_schedule.htm
http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/farms/fruit_schedule.htm
Wisconsin
http://www.wisconsinterritories.com/Whats_In_season.htm
http://www.springgreen.com/harvestcalendar.asp

Regional
New England
http://chge.med.harvard.edu/programs/food/documents/healthy_harvest_ne.pdf
Mid-Atlantic
http://chge.med.harvard.edu/program

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