Thursday, June 26, 2008

The End of Inventory

Starting in December, 2007 I started tracking our inventory of local foods in the Bungalow. The intended purpose was to show how my family and I managed to stay local in the darkest months through a combination of winter marketing and stored foods. I proudly reported on our ability to manage. Since then, with market and CSA supplies, I've had less need to post on the inventory, and have not made an inventory post since early May.

Last night, in seeking some garlic for Asian night (Thai inspired recipes need garlic), I found all of the remainder of our garlic supply kaput. About twenty heads of garlic given over to dust, insects and various micro-organisms. When poking around the basement, I also found a bag of potatoes with the types of beards one grows if stranded on a deserted island. Both went into the compost bin, and they will soon be joined by sprouting onions. It was only a week or so ago that the last Michigan apples went into the camp lunch of my younger daughter. Our inventory served us well.

I have not done a great job of tracking/reporting on our local purchases from the CSA, farmer's markets, Cassie's Green Grocer and the like. For the duration of the market season, I have replaced the inventory tally on the sidebar with a running tally of the last two weeks (or so)purchases. I don't have the memory to re-create everything we have purchased lately, but here's a stab. It'll be more accurate after we get our CSA box later today.

Genesis Growers CSA - 6/19/08

  • 2 heads of leaf lettuce
  • Mesclun bag
  • Asparagus
  • Strawberries
  • Savoy cabbage
  • French breakfast radishes
  • Daikon radish
  • Kale
  • Eggs

Oak Park Farmer's Market - 6/21/08

  • Strawberries, sugar snaps, snow peas - Nicholl's Farm
  • Cherries (sweet) - Hardin Farm
  • Raspberries - Skibbes
  • Peas - Stovers
  • Mint, basil - Genesis Growers
  • Garlic scapes, green garlic - Sandhill Organic
  • Duck eggs - Wettstein's

Maywood Farmer's Market - 6/21/08

  • Garlic scapes, organic chickens, dill - Midwest Organic Coop
  • Strawberries - Unknown farmer

Whole Foods, River Forest - 6/21/08

  • Farmer's All Natural Creamery Whole Milk

Genesis Grower's Farm - 6/22/08

  • Zucchini flowers

Green Grocer - 6/24/08

  • Tarragon
  • Trader's Point Creamery Yogurt
  • Barley

Genesis Growers CSA - 6/26/08

  • Red "salad" turnips (with greens)
  • 2 heads leaf lettuce
  • 1 bag mesclun
  • Kohlrabi (with greens)
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Sugar snap peas (a lot)
  • Eggs

Hines VA Farmers Market (Maywood) - 6/26/08

  • Raspberries, snow peas - Unidentified Michigan farm
  • Strawberries (flat), sweet cherries - Hardin Farms

Kolatek's - 2445 N. Harlem - 6/27/08

  • Farmer's All Natural Creamery 2% Milk

Oak Park Farmer's Market - 6/28/08

  • Snow peas, green garlic stalks (with scapes) - Nichol's Farm
  • Basil, white carrots, arugula - Genesis Growers
  • Cherries - Hardin Farms
  • Peas - Stover's
  • Raspberries, blueberries - Skibbes

MCA Farmer's Market - 7/1/08

  • Raspberries - Ellis Farms
  • Blueberries, strawberries, new potatoes - Noffke Farm

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