According to Wikipedia, farm-to-table is a social movement which promotes serving local food. (1) One way to support this movement is by subscribing to a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) box at a local farm. Another way is growing your own food.
CSA boxes are subscription services from local farms that give you a range of seasonal produce. Local farms with CSA boxes include The Family Garden Organic Farm, Siembra Farm, and Sweet Roots Organic Farm.
Did you know that you can check out seeds from the library to start your own garden? Our Seed Library allows you to do just that. Visit your local branch to see the Seed Library offerings and check them out.
What to do with all of that produce? We carry several farm-to-table cookbooks that can inspire you. Select the book covers or titles to bring you to the catalog, where you can place on hold to pick up at your home branch or find out which branches currently hold copies and check them out.
This book, from the creators of Taste of Home magazine, contains recipes for all seasons. Unlike some farm to table books, you do not have to have grown the veggies or foraged for the ingredients. No fiddlehead ferns or giant broccoli leaves in here. You can find everything in your local farmer's market, CSA box, or local grocery store. Ever wonder how to make jalapeno jelly? Wonder no more.
Vegan and vegetarian-friendly, this cookbook contains a wide range of Asian recipes. Notable recipes include Green Apple Salad with Tangy Thai Dressing and General Tso's Eggplant..
For the hardcore traditional foods set and for the average person, this book contains recipes using ingredients from home grown veggies and meats to food that is foraged and hunted. White Bean and Butternut Squash Mash with Garlic and Sage sounds like a wonderful side for a fall meal.
Recipes from New Mexican farms make up this cookbook. Try Il Piatto restaurant's Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Sage Butter, Pine Nuts and Parmesan.
Another vegan and vegetarian-friendly cookbook, Dishing Up the Dirt includes seasonal recipes and gorgeous photographs. Sweet Potato Tart with Hazelnut Oat Crust looks absolutely delicious!
Did you get a CSA subscription from one of our local farms? This book is a great resource for how to use up those veggies. Did you know that cooked watermelon rind has a texture similar to zucchini? Neither did I. Try Stir-Fried Watermelon Rind to find out.