It’s the same way around our office.
In 2007, we began Buy from the Backyard to encourage our neighbors to spend more attention – and money – on local foods. The math is simple: If each of the 117,000 households in my district spends just $20 a week on local food, we can generate nearly $122 million a year for the local economy.
There's a surprising amount of local food available, even though most markets have shut down for the season. The Otsiningo Park Winter Market opened on Nov. 15, as did the Bullthistle Winter Market in Norwich -- and the selection at farm stands remains strong. Many farmers sell local meats, cheese, dairy and eggs right off their farm.
All of the ingredients are local, except for the flour, which is available from mills in both Tompkins and Cayuga counties. To show how creative our farmers are in offering you new and tasty foods, we created three menus to show what's available.
Menu 1 – The Traditional Dinner
Roasted root vegetables
Peas with chive
Menu 2 – All-American
Herb-Crusted Roast Bison
Whole Wheat Apple-Cinnamon Bread
Roasted Potato Wedges
Maple-Glazed Parsnips and Carrots
Summer Berry Cobbler
Menu 3 – European Accents
Apple-Stuffed Roast Pork Loin
Apple-Rye Bread Stuffing
Irish Soda Bread