We’ve had a fair amount of success in finding affordable, locally-sourced products. As I’ve previously discussed, local is a subjective term and you may find my parameters absurd. I’m okay with that; I’m going by the “closer-is-better” method. For instance, we had been buying flour tortillas from Texas or some-such place. Then we found these (Don Pancho is the name):
Distance from here: 396 miles. Still a long day’s drive, but way better than Texas. We found delicious tortilla chips from Hood River, Oregon (Juanita’s), at a distance of 289 miles:
Bread, bagels, and buns are coming from nearby as well:
HFCS free, and a mere 350 miles from home. We buy our sandwich bread from these folks (Franz) too.
Yet we do not live on bread alone; we like yogurt too. Here’s some we really like:
The back of the cup has even better news:
Natural ingredients, active cultures, 36 cents per cup (!), and made in Auburn, Washington-“only” 287 miles away. My East Coast readers may need some time to adjust to the reality of that last statement, but there it is nonetheless. Out here, we often measure distance by time, so the idea of something coming from less than a day’s drive away is easy to grasp.
Having just written about the egg, I would be remiss in forgetting the chicken. We buy these at Safeway (where they bake their own bagels!), and they’re quite affordable for us:
From Mount Vernon, Washington, where we have gazed in wonder at the snow geese and trumpeter swans, comes another type of fowl. I can huck one of these into the crock pot after breakfast with 2 cups of homemade BBQ sauce, and dinner will be all but ready after a busy day:
The slaw takes mere minutes to make, the chicken is falling-apart tender, and very little is left over. Oh, yeah. So, I’ll keep trying to tighten the radius in a cheap and tasty way.