Friday, April 27, 2012

Welcome back email subscribers. It's time to make your Mother's Day plans!

First, welcome back to all of my email subscribers who, unless you've been visiting the website directly, have missed out on blog updates for many months.  Unfortunately the Feedburner blog notification system stopped working, and I've replaced it with a Mail Chimp system.  So, enjoy getting your Love Local Food in Wichita Kansas updates again this season!

If you haven't already made a plan for the special woman in your life on Mother's Day, or Mom's, told your kids what you'd like to do, let me suggest the Prairie Harvest Mother's Day Brunch.  It's a yummy way to support a local business that sells and serves local foods.  Here's the delicious menu:

Mother's Day Brunch Menu

Saturday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.   
Pomegranate sparkling beverage 
Local seasonal vegetable quiche

Main Course
French toast with blueberry syrup
Local breakfast sausage
Fresh fruit

Chocolate raspberry torte
Coffee & tea 
By reservation only.  $12.00/person; tax/gratuity not included.

A brunch with dessert...I'm in!  If you are too, here's their contact info.

And, if you don't have a mother, just grab the closest woman to you and head that way!  Every woman is a mother, whether it's to a pet, a plant, a neighbor ... an iPhone.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's All Yours

Old Town Farmers' Market - Photo from

As you're perusing the local producers list and other lists on this website, please remember that "it's all yours."  I'm now a mom, finishing a masters degree, and moving my entire home in less than two weeks.  Sadly, I don't have the time to research if the info on the local producers list is up to date and accurate for this year (and I know it's not, for farmers' markets at least.)  So, as you're contacting producers and looking up info on the list, please email me ( or leave a comment if you see something that needs to be updated or added.  I'm happy to make changes.  Just as it was created, by input from my readers, it will need to be updated that way as well.

Natalie over at the Our Local Food program has a list of some of the markets that are now open.  These markets are members of her program, so there may be others out there open that are not her members.  There are some new markets this year, one I could walk to from my current home but, well, we're moving!  Here's the list.

Friday, April 13, 2012

I've waited three years for this.

Three years ago I married my dream man, and the first crop he wanted to plant in our garden was asparagus.  If you're unfamiliar with the growing habits of asparagus, you'll be interested to know that it's best to wait three years to harvest asparagus.  So, as we near the celebration of our third anniversary, we got to harvest our first asparagus and enjoy it for dinner that same evening.  It's such fun to walk twenty feet, from the garden to your kitchen, and eat what you just picked.  Such fun!

Chris made an incredible meal, to which I exclaimed, "that's a blogable meal!"  It's almost completely local...from the steak that was pastured by my uncle on my grandfather's land and processed by a local meat company, to the egg yolks in the hollandaise sauce from our backyard chicken eggs, and, of course, the asparagus.  Isn't it beautiful?

I posted previously that our house, and our asparagus patch, are on the market.  We accepted an offer on our home last week, so it's sweet that we were able to actually enjoy the first asparagus crop before we move.  Apparently, the buyer is excited about the organic vegetable garden that we created, and we're sad to leave it all but hope our next move is into our forever home where we'll plant asparagus again, wait three years, and then enjoy the harvest for many, many years to come.

Hope you've found some locally grown asparagus to enjoy this year.  Trust me, it's incredible straight from the source.  As hubby says, "very sweet."