green living guest post: enjoying local flavor

As part of my maternity leave, I’ve asked a group of wonderful bloggers submit a guest post to Simply Bike for the coming weeks. Their posts encompass everything that I love about these people who I have come to know through the online (bike) community and whose words and images never cease to inspire me. They lead thoughtful and engaged lives; make connections to their community (be it by biking or advocating for greener living); they appreciate local foods and businesses; and they promote a healthier and more sustainable way of living just by setting an example.

Today’s post comes from cyclist, foodie, and photographer Dave of Portlandize. Following our adventures of apple picking and making use of local farm goods to stock our fall pantry, I’m delighted to share another food post from a good (blogging) friend. You can find more of Dave’s beautiful photography on his photography blog, Through a Pinhole, and for more food and cooking inspiration (including a plethora of really great recipes), check out his and wife Trina’s food blog, Give to the Wheat

My wife and I love making delicious food at home. I think largely it stems from the fact that we love to be able to eat as if we’re eating out all the time, only for 1/3 the cost :) Not to mention, we get to spend our evenings together making something, enjoying the smells, chatting, sipping on a beer or wine while cooking, and then finally sitting down and eating it when we’re done. It makes for a great end to the day, for us.

Japanese Hot Pot

Having gotten more and more into cooking, it has become increasingly obvious to us that there is a great difference between the foods offered at large chain grocery stores and small, local markets or
farmers’ markets, particularly when it comes to fresh produce, eggs and meat. The food we cook takes on a whole different flavor and quality when we are using ingredients that were grown or raised well, and are as fresh as possible.

Around Portland

We kind of view the farmers’ market as a treasure trove these days. Walking around from stand to stand and seeing all the beautiful, beautifully-arranged vegetables, home-made cheeses, beautiful locally-grown meats, and smelling all the cooking food and the sounds of all the people milling around, chatting, and talking to the vendors - it’s such a nice experience, all the way around.

Pan-seared pork chops with rhubarb compote and sauteed beet greens Hollywood Farmers Market
Hollywood Farmers Market Hollywood Farmers Market


Around Portland

We also get fresh, raw milk from a local farm, which allows us to make our own yogurt and cheese, and boy does the milk go well with Oreos :)

Milk in a basket

For us, it’s all about enjoyment – we love cooking, and we love eating. We enjoy the process of making something, and we want it to be as good as possible when it’s done. We feel better after eating good food, and we feel a sense of accomplishment in making food we enjoy eating. Not only that, it’s about the process of shopping for the food - the experience of looking through the produce stands, dairy and meat farm stands, and flower stands at the farmers’ market or the displays at a small local market is so much nicer of an aesthetic experience than shopping in a supermarket. Everything is more nicely displayed, and the products themselves look better. The people working them are often from the farms where the products come from, or have a direct connection to them, so they know about the products, how they were produced, and in many cases, picked them with their own hands.

And of course, we want to enjoy getting to and from the markets to buy our food as well – and that means slowly, enjoying the way to and from, chatting, and enjoying the fresh air.

Back from the Farmers Market

Thanks, Dave! What are some of the local delicacies that you enjoy where you live?

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4 Responses to green living guest post: enjoying local flavor

  1. DFig says:

    The thing I love the most about living in our city is the abundance of farmer’s markets. Dave is right. The biggest difference is in the eggs, meat and produce (plus, the Amish farmers—the gem of our city—make some of the best bread I have ever tasted…and their no sugar, no nothing added jams!!! to die for).

  2. Sue says:

    My husband and I love to cook too. My husband is the gardener of the family and we grow tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, basil and chives. What we don’t grow, we visit our local farmstands and purchase when in season. We made rhubarb jam this summer and my husband loves making his red beet chocolate cake. I’ve gotten so used to it that I can’t eat any other chocolate cake.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Great post. I love the photos!

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