I'm a big fan of locavore cooking, in that if I can get something that's been grown or harvested in my area, I'm far more likely to use that than something imported from hundreds of miles away. This is why I love - so very much - my local Farmer's Market. Every Saturday morning, from May 1 until November 1, these hard-working people are down in the town square with their tents and tables, selling things that have just come out of the ground. I've found all kinds of wonderful things there, and naturally, the selection changes with the season. If I want some sort of produce that I didn't grow myself, I can nearly always find it at the Farmer's market.
It's not just the produce I love about Farmer's Market Saturdays. It's the people. Everyone's friendly, and I've learned so much just by chatting with these people. There's a lady who grows shiitake mushrooms in logs under her house, and another woman who has answered a number of questions for me about the chickens I hope to have some day. I've hung out with the bread guy, discussing different types of flours such as millet and quinoa, and I periodically find some sort of leafy green thing that I've never used in a meal before, so I always grab a bit to try.
Today's finds were some really nice goodies indeed. I got some nice fresh Siamese Dragon greens, garlic scapes, pod peas that were on a vine just twelve hours ago, and -- oh joy of joys! - quail eggs! They're so small and pretty, and look like little balls of cookie dough. So tonight's dinner will be something Asian inspired, most likely with some quail-egg fried rice. I've also got some peaches I bought from a roadside stand on my way home, so I'm thinking a cobbler for dessert.
That's the beauty of locavore cooking. I can hit a market in the morning, and base my evening meal on what I find on the tables. It's something I enjoy tremendously, and if you've never had a chance to plan your meals that way, go find a farmer's market, and give it a shot. Try something completely new. You'll be glad you did.