Harvest Fest!

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What a great day today!  After church, my mom and I headed over to the Local Harvest Festival in Washington Park.  I wish I’d brought my camera–it was a great little setup.  Several awesome local businesses and farms had tables and little tents.  I got adventurous with produce and picked up an acorn squash and some beets.  I also found out that Otter Hook Farm has a CSA with a pickup location at the local co-op!  I’m really excited about that, since I’ve been looking for a good CSA without luck.

Vegan Creations–a local maker of delicious vegan food, cookies, hummus, etc.–was also there, along with Once Again Nut Butters and Vermont Soapworks.  My mom and I tried cashew and sunflower butters; both were excellent.  My mom wound up buying a jar of the sunflower butter, and I’m thinking of using it in place of peanut butter in a recipe sometime.  We also picked up an organic fruit and veggie wash, and I got some raw shea butter to use in my continuing battle against dry hands.

I was super-excited to discover All Good Bakers, most of whose selection was vegan.  I tried an amazing energy snack ball with peanut butter, oats, puffed rice, and vegan chocolate chips–total yum.  My mom picked up a huge vegan cinnamon bun to have for breakfast.  All in all, we had a great time.  It was cool to see so many people out and supporting local business and agriculture!

I haven’t been doing anything terribly creative in the kitchen this weekend, but I’m excited about the menu I have lined up for the week!  Spicy pepper and mushroom calzones, lime peanut noodles, Indian soup and bread, and of course I want to stuff the acorn squash I bought.  I’ve never had acorn squash before, so I’m especially looking forward to that one.  I’ve also been working on adapting a low-sugar zucchini bread recipe, which I’m hoping to tweak tomorrow.  As usual, there will be pictures and posts of my kitchen antics!

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Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of Toastmasters International and currently serves as part of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read, play silly card games and knit socks.

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2 comments for “Harvest Fest!

  1. allgoodbakers@gmail.com'
    Britin
    09/22/2010 at 4:40 AM

    This is All Good Bakers, so glad you discovered and enjoyed our food! We are starting a Community Supported Bakery (like a CSA, but for bread and baked goods). The winter season will go Nov-Apr. We’re going to be using organic flours and the vegan buns will be on the menu. Follow us on FB to find out more 🙂 And thanks for the mention!

    • serene_universe@yahoo.com'
      Sam
      09/22/2010 at 6:29 AM

      Ooh, CSB. Sounds delicious! Are you guys on Twitter? 🙂

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