As I opened the door of the restaurant anchoring a rehabbed grist mill in a gentrified section of town, I paused to breathe in the herbs’ woodsy scent, the smell of roasting meat, and a whiff of yeast escaping the fired-up brick oven. I’m out of my kitchen for the evening, absolved from the happy duty of family dinner, not here to see and be seen like the lively crowd of hipsters in bright skinny jeans and aggressive eyewear who hover at the bar’s edge, martinis in hand. What mom on an evening out doesn’t smile at the memory of being that young, that free?
Tag: local food movement
On a cold, early winter evening, I peeked in the coop to check on the chickens. As usual, five of them were snuggled up next to each other on the roost, a tree branch my boyfriend, Jared, had affixed to the wall of the coop. But one, the jet-black Ameraucana we named Thing (because of the silly fuzzy feathers on her face), had been left out. She was huddled alone in the corner on the coop floor, below the other chickens: the spot reserved for the last in the pecking order.
Baltimore’s most ardent apian enthusiasts don’t like to call themselves beekeepers. “Honeybees keep us,” notes Meme Thomas, who prefers the term “honeybee steward.” Thomas heads up Baltimore Honey, a local non-profit that’s been getting some buzz (sorry, couldn’t resist) lately for its innovative bee-centric programs, most notably starting the nation’s first apiary CSA. Now Thomas is hoping to recruit a whole new crew of bee (and honey) lovers to help with the honeycombs that the group has in every zip code of Baltimore City — and maybe one of them will be you?
Plan to eat at least one locally grown food a day during Buy Local Week, July 23-31–Berger cookies don’t count, unfortunately–and you’ll join more than 2500 Marylanders who have made the promise to shop local farms, farm stands, farmers’ markets, wineries, and grocers in our great vegetative state. Restaurants serving local goodies are another purely convenient resource. (Woodberry Kitchen, Clementine, whose website lists farm suppliers, The Yabba Pot, The Dogwood, Classic Catering and Chef’s Expressions catering companies are but a few. Keep in mind: It’s not too late to ask your favorite restaurant proprietor to join the movement). Even Governor O’Malley has endorsed the good-for-us goal. He’ll host Maryland’s fourth “Buy Local Cookout” at the Government House in Annapolis on July 21 (invite only), when local food recipe finalists will serve up yummy dishes, and a homegrown winner among chefs shall be crowned.