Whole wheat, pecan pancakes and PrimaCafe coffee start this morning off. Some days it is Wagon Creek Creamery's non-fat Greek yogurt with honey and granola. Or, I saute' some rosemary potatoes with onions and peppers and scrambled eggs. I still haven't outgrown my peanut butter and honey lunches. Dinner is often a colorful array of veggies - roasted or steamed - with pasta or chicken. Peaches and apples (with peanut butter!) make a delicious snack this time of year. Why am I making you hungry with all this discussion of food? Because, these foods all have one thing in common - they are from Oklahoma. Besides, if you know me, you know that I LOVE food!
An article in the paper the other day about the recent listeria deaths from cantaloupe stated that, "it's virtually impossible to sit down and eat a meal and eat food that hasn't come from all over the world." Nonsense! We just experienced the hottest summer in the history of Oklahoma (second hottest in the history of the nation), and our farmers persevered and continued to grow and harvest what they could. While my garden seemed to burn (like many things I attempt to cook), the farmers' markets never failed me.
Let me explain what I mean by "farmers' market". I don't mean the new Sunflower Farmers Market grocery store in Oklahoma City. I don't mean the so-called "farmers' market" downtown that sells products from Texas, California, Florida, Mexico, Guatemala, and other foreign places. When I say "farmers' market", I mean only those markets that sell only Oklahoma products. Specifically, I mean the Friday Midtown Market (Urban Agrarian) by St. Anthony's, the Saturday market at OSU-OKC, and the Sunday Fresh Foods market (Urban Agrarian) in front of Cheever's (or the Urban Agrarian and Earth Elements new location at SW 2nd and Ellison when the weather is uncooperative). There may be others, but you might have to do a little searching to be sure you are buying Oklahoma products. A seller at OSU-OKC also tipped me off to the Bixby produce. Bixby has a produce wholesaler that resells produce from Oklahoma as well as other states. So, just a fair warning - if it says it's from Bixby, it may not have been grown in Bixby! The Oklahoma Food Coop is another fantastic place to get your Oklahoma-local products (not just food - there are also various items like laundry detergent, artwork, wool yarn, etc.).
Happy, healthy eating!