Are the leaves unusually spectacular this year or is it just me? Every time I turn a corner, the view is more spectacular than the last. It makes me want to drive around and around, maybe even get out of my car, which is good since this is the season to stock up on farm products while you still can.
I did manage to put together an all-local lunch yesterday in the spirit of the Eat Local Challenge: eggs over-easy atop garlicky kale, pan-fried breakfast sausages from Chestnut Farms, and buttery whole-grain sourdough toast with husk cherry-apple butter. I already had most of it in the house.
It was, admittedly, a little heavy on the protein. In the end, I only ate half the sausage so you don’t have to notify the Cancer Police. Some of the reading I’ve been doing lately is leading me to believe that the only meal that won’t kill me is one that has every last drop of everything I enjoy (meat, dairy, sugar, fat of every kind) sucked out of it. But then, I ask you, what kind of a life is that?
Sausage: Chestnut Farms, Hardwick, MA
Eggs: Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA
Kale, garlic: Waltham Fields, Waltham, MA
Bread: Nashoba Brook Bakery, Concord, MA
Butter: Mendon Creamery, Mendon, MA
Husk cherry-apple butter: Local sources here
Apple cider: Carlson Orchards, Harvard, MA