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Hudson, New York
Fiction/Memoir | Local food/farms | Local living
19 November 2013 11:39AM

FarmToPeople.com

Off to Maine we were headed for ten days of nature and fresh air. Of course, we weren’t sure what kind of food we’d have access to in the boonies, but we were counting on lobster and hopefully fresh, local veggies. Naturally, Wild Maine Blueberries, too. We were renting a house and given a heads up to bring supplies…so I looked to Farm to People.com to see what I could scavenge.

King’s County Beef Jerky washed down with iced Switchel made the eleven hour car ride a bit more bearable. Especially when followed up by one of Mast Brothers’ densely delicious chocolate bars. The Dark Chocolate with Almonds and the one with Sea Salt disappeared within the first half of our journey, but we saved the Dark Chocolate with Stumptown Coffee for when our eyelids began to droop.

Once in Maine, though we were able to find local veggies and the above mentioned lobster (and even raw milk and yogurt), I was glad to have brought along Early Bird Foods’ Haulin’ Oats Granola and Blissful Eats’ Peanut Butter Granola. The Crack of Dawn Granola Bar came in handy when we hiked, as did the Battenkill Brittle. Epic Pickles’ Pickled Cauliflower and Okra provided a surprisingly biting contrast to lobster dipped in melted butter at dinnertime. And, of course, their pickles go with almost anything ~ including nothing: ie. a snack on its own! Same goes for Sfoglini’s Pastas ~ which retain their grainy flavor under Nonna’s Spicy or Sweet Tomato Sauces or simply served naked under Stony Brook Wholehearted Foods’ Delicata or Butternut Squash Oils. Black & Blanco’s Deep Chocolate Infrared Cookies were a favorite dessert, though the Maple Dusted Cardamom Cookies went better with wild blueberries and freshly whipped cream.

I wished we could have brought along more…but the car was overflowing at the gills as it was. During our stay, we paid a visit to the Maine Sea Salt Company where we had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Cook and his wife Sharon. The Cooks gave us a tour of their operation and explained the process of extracting salt from local Maine waters. (http://vimeo.com/60709579 ) We were able to sample all their delicious finishing salts and had a hard time deciding which to take home with us. Not only was I impressed by the story of how they started their business several years ago, during the economic downturn, but I was especially happy to learn that all the waste which cannot be turned into salt for sale is never discarded. Stephen uses it to coat his driveway during the icy Maine winters. Now, isn’t that a smarter, cheaper and more environmental solution than those synthetic salts people are always sprinkling on their sidewalks and pavements?!

With the holidays fast approaching and road trips to the less conscious relatives looming, why not stock up on your own First Aid Farm To People Supply Kit? Visit FarmtoPeople.com to find already curated bundles or create your own crate load of goodies ~ perfect for yourself…and for gifts!

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