This post is the tenth in a series on meals prepared from ingredients purchased from the farmers market (previous post: Farmers Market Meal #9 – Ravioli Lasagna with Spinach.) I’m fairly new to the farmers market scene. I’ve always had good intentions about purchasing local foods but never followed through because I felt lost walking through the stands wondering what to buy. I decided to combat this by coming up with a plan. Before going to the market, I research recipe ideas using seasonal ingredients with the objective of creating one easy meal with as many local ingredients as possible. This way, when I get to the market, I have focus. It definitely helps that my favorite market provides a sign up for weekly email updates about participating vendors and seasonal items.
What does it mean for food to be “local”? Does that mean the food was grown, raised, or made in the vicinity? Does it mean sustainable methods were used? Does it mean you can talk to the producer? Does it mean your money stays in the local economy? All of the above? Some of the above?
I am thinking about these questions because my meal this week is poached salmon with smashed potatoes and green beans. How could I find salmon at a farmers market in central Pennsylvania? Captain Dan of Captain Dan’s Alaska Salmon travels to Alaska part of the year to catch salmon with hook & line, 1 fish at a time then blast freezes it for sale near his hometown in Pennsylvania.
Regardless of my musings over the definition of a local food, I wanted green beans and potatoes this week and felt a salmon filet would be a good pairing.
As you can see from the after picture, I kind of botched the poaching, but I enjoyed the opportunity to have “local” salmon.