I'm not much of a gardener (the herbs probably have a 50/50 chance of surviving) so to me, you can't get much more locally-grown than a farm 10 minutes away.
Strawberries are in season here now, so Betty and I spent part of this morning deep in the patches of a nearby farm. We went strawberry-picking here last year, and these were the best strawberries I'd ever had. Definitely not your supermarket variety in a plastic container, trucked in from the opposite coast.
We each had our own bucket. I'm always kind of sympathetic to the misshapen, lumpy berry that might otherwise be overlooked, while Betty looks for perfection in color and shape. (We make a good team that way.)
We wound up picking 6.5 pounds of strawberries! (They were priced at $1.85 per pound.)
Down at the small farmer's market located at the end of the patch, we were chatting with the owner when Betty piped up that we were planning to make a strawberry shortcake with our bounty. The farmer's wife mentioned that she's been making individual layered strawberry shortcakes with her homemade cinnamon shortbread recipe, whipped cream, and strawberries. OK, I'm sold.
In addition to the strawberries, asparagus is also in season here. They had the asparagus loose in a bin, fresh from the field. If you look carefully, you can see the grittiness of the dirt layered on each stalk.
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