Are you a “Locavore”?
August 11th, 2015 by Tevis Propane
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a locavore is someone who eats foods grown locally whenever possible. Often, that means food grown and harvested within a 100 mile radius. Why eat locally grown foods? There are lots of reasons. The benefits include, improving local economies, helping the environment, supporting local growers and protecting your family’s health.
Right now it’s the height of cookout season and your gas grill is probably getting quite a workout. To truly become a legend in your backyard shop the many local famer’s markets and produce stands, your family will be enjoying tasty, fresh foods while supporting your local economy.
Need to find a farmer’s market in your area? The USDA’s Farmers’ Market Guide can help. Visit them on the web, put in your ZIP code and the number of miles you’re willing to travel, and voila, you’ll have an instant list from which to choose, with descriptions and directions included. The closest to Tevis Home is right down the street at the Hampstead Fire Department every Saturday. But there are nearly 100 locations in Baltimore and Carroll counties alone!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is another way to support local farmers and eat ultra-fresh foods from your grill. You buy a “share” or “subscription” to a CSA and the farmer guarantees you a box, or bag, of fresh, seasonal produce throughout the growing season. The farmer benefits by marketing his crops before the 16-hour days hit and improving his cash flow. You, the shareholder, get products harvested at just the right time to enjoy the most flavorful and with the highest vitamin content. Go to http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ to find CSA’s, Farmers’ Markets and Produce near you.
How about grilling some kabobs with locally grown peppers, onions, mushrooms and your choice of grass fed beef or free range chicken. Try the recipe below from Allrecipes.com on your Napoleon® gas grill for a zesty family treat. For variety, substitute local grass-raised beef for the chicken breasts.
Ingredients Original recipe makes 10 servings
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 pinch ground ginger
2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 large sweet onion, peeled and cut into wedges
1 1/2 cups whole fresh mushrooms
1 pound beef sirloin, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into cubes
Or how about indirect grilling a nice juicy leg of lamb on a Primo® ceramic gas grill. You can use it to grill, bake, roast, sear, or smoke your favorite meats for a delicious family meal. Here’s a mouthwatering recipe from the Primo Recipe Forum. Follow the link for the preparation steps and more scrumptious recipes for the most versatile grill on the market.
Leg of Lamb (2-4 lbs. with bone)
5 Garlic Cloves
Get your sizzle on! Visit the Tevis Home Store at 1616 N Main St, Hampstead, MD 21074
to see a full line of propane gas grills, fireplaces and more. Swap or fill your propane canister while you’re there!
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