Today is Blog Action Day, and the topic is- you guessed it FOOD! For a little background information- Blog Action Day is a worldwide movement where bloggers are given a topic to write about that day. Topics are always varied, but this year it is food. You can find more information about Blog Action Day here. My coworker forwarded me the information, and participation is free, and obviously I write about food quite a lot in my blog- so I am participating.
There are a lot of food topics that are close to my heart, and some that are very political; Monsanto, pesticide use, etc. However, I want to discuss local food. Part of my job is with the program, Farm to Table PA. Farm to Table is a national concept, but we focus on specifically western Pennsylvania farms and farmers. I believe that food not only tastes better when it is grown locally, but that local food helps to support the community. Obviously in Western PA local produce is not always easily seasonally accessible- the winters are COLD here! However, there are always options for local meat, eggs, cheese, milk, bread, etc. It's possible- you just have to do a little leg-work.
I of course have to include some photos- and I wanted to share my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh, that uses a lot of local food, Legume.
Van and I took our friends, James and Lisa out to dinner here a couple of weeks ago- because I literally lived in their apartment for a week this Summer. Thanks again guys! :) This restaurant recently moved from a small location in Regent Square to a much larger location in Oakland. The new location features a bar too- always a plus. :) Below are some photos from our amazing meal that evening.
Vino! And my poached egg over greens salad.
Van's and my entrees:
Anyways, I hope that you will consider if you haven't already to eat locally when possible. Check out your local Farmers Markets, CSA's and grocery stores with local foods. They are all great resources to help you and your family eat fresher food and support your local community.