Good Food Neighbors are Blogging! Over the next few months we will be introducing some guest bloggers to our Good Food Neighborhood. These PASA members are passionate about local foods and sustainable agriculture. They will be sharing their experiences, points of view, and the goings on in their communities. We want to thank them for their contribution of time and talent to our Good Food Neighborhood. We look forward to sharing their fresh perspectives in this blog.
If you would like to be a guest blogger in our Good Food Neighborhood please contact Jean Najjar at email@example.com.
Hello Fellow Local Foodies!!!
My name is Arlene Thayer, a resident of beautiful South Central Pennsylvania, passionate local foodie, fiber artist and blogger. I’ve stepped up to the plate to be a regular contributor in the Good Food Neighborhood to share my local food finds, recipes and reflections on the incredible bounty of the region. We’re kicking off my contributions here with a little bit about myself and the types of posts that will be coming your way from me.
I’ve loved good food for as long as I can remember born into a family where the women were all very good cooks.
My mother was a rather adventurous cook. She was an avid reader of cooking magazines and many weekends were spent in pursuit of cooking through a slew of new recipes. I can remember vividly a series of experiments where we went in search of the perfect chocolate mousse recipe. There are worse ways to spend one’s time, right?
Now, while my mother would try anything and everything in the kitchen, my maternal grandmother was a different story. Evelyn Mary pretty much stuck to the basics but oh, they were so good. And, since she was raised in Delaware, right where Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania converge, her repertoire was heavily influenced by the foods and dishes of the region including favorites like: ham salad, chicken with slippery dumplings, and stewed tomatoes.
One of the most valuable lessons I learned from my grandmother was the importance of buying and using locally raised and grown food stuffs. For example, when corn was in season, she had a particular farm stand where she liked to buy corn. The corn had to be from THAT farm stand. The quality of the corn could be measured by what my grandfather put on the corn. “OK” corn would be eaten with the additions of butter, salt, and pepper. “Good” corn would be eaten with salt and pepper. “Very Good” corn would get a dash of salt. But, the “Best” corn would be eaten without anything else added.
“Best” corn is only possible when you know where THAT farm stand is. And, so, this is what my type of posts are going to be about. My husband and I are passionate about exploring and discovering the treasures of our region. We feel incredibly lucky to live in the South Central Pennsylvania region which is a true treasure trove of wonderful locally produced food products. Please feel free to share your finds with me too by commenting on the posts and sharing on the Facebook page . If you are a producer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can check you out!