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Artichoke, Cherry Tomato, and Feta Salad with Artichoke-Pesto Crostini

Artichoke, Cherry Tomato, and Feta Salad with Artichoke-Pesto Crostini

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  • 1 12-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) finely grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot (about 1 large)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley plus additional for sprinkling
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 12 1/2-inch-thick diagonal baguette slices, toasted
  • 3 5-ounce packages mixed baby greens
  • 2 12-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 12-ounce container yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 4 ounces)

Recipe Preparation


  • Place all ingredients in processor. Blend until finely chopped. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.


  • Whisk shallot, vinegar, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, mustard, and garlic in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. DO AHEAD Vinaigrette can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

  • Spread 1 tablespoon pesto over each baguette slice. Sprinkle parsley over crostini.

  • Mix baby greens, artichoke hearts, and cherry tomatoes in very large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to coat lightly. Sprinkle feta over.

  • Serve salad with crostini.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How to Eat Local This Year

This is a typical early summer farm share box. It's got plenty of leafy greens along with some herbs, onions, squash, eggplant, peppers and radishes.

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So you want to Eat Local more often this year? Me, too. I'm glad you're here. I think eating locally is good for your body, your family, our environment and our community. Plus, the food just tastes good. For over a decade I've been deliberately seeking out locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally produced sweeteners, and locally sourced protein. I've moved from the East Coast to the Midwest while keeping up with my Buy Local habits. I suspect these tips are transferable, so I've decided to break from the usual 'how to use the farm share produce' recipe type posts for a series on how to add more local to your life. Please feel free to share with someone thinking about eating more local this year. I know we can all use support to make our good intentions into actions.

This series evolved from a talk I gave at my local community center entitled Eat Local, Save Money, and Support Your Local Economy. Over the years I've picked up a bunch of tricks to make successful local food choices, and I wanted to share some. The start of a new year is often a motivating time for many people, so if I can help nudge your local leanings into some practical action I'd be delighted.
Over the series we'll cover why sourcing food locally is good for your economy, where you can find local foods, and how to shop more mindfully. I'll share my philosophy on menu planning--when I do it, when I wing it. I will explain vegetable triage, and share some tips on reducing food waste. I'll give you some tips for preserving produce while it's abundant--without needing fancy equipment. Feel free to poke around the website--there's a lot of nuggets of wisdom in here along with some pizza. To help eaters like me, I've got my recipe index broken into produce type--from Acorn Squash to Zucchini--with a variety of recipes for a variety of eaters.

I'd like to start off with my biggest surprise--the WHY of Eating Local.

Why are YOU interested in eating local? For me, it began as a way to increase the amount of vegetables and fruits our family was eating while supporting farmers who are respectful and kind to the land in the region we live. The human and environmental impacts were pretty much all I thought about. Now, though, the economic impact of my purchases on my community are my bigger motivation. This is for two reasons. First, every dollar is a vote for what matters to you. Second, everybody eats. If I can combine my voting (dollars) with something I've already got to do (buy food), I see that as a winning multitask. As the chart above shows, 48 cents out of every dollar you spend locally is recirculated in your community. This multiplier effect ripples throughout the region. When you buy a box of strawberries or a loaf of bread at the farmer's market, or eat at a local independent restaurant, you are contributing to your neighbors, to your PTO, to the emergency services of your town as your dollars are recirculated by local business owners. You are enriching your community just by buying dinner. That's pretty empowering.


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