How Lonesome Whistle Farm Found Local Success

Black Dakota Popcorn is one of the most popular grains developed by this Central Oregon farm, a major supplier of heirloom grains and beans in the Pacific Northwest.

Prosciutto, Arugula and Red Pepper Pizza

Prosciutto, Arugula and Red Pepper Pizza

Making homemade pizza is one of the best ways to use fresh ingredients for a quick, easy-to-assemble meal. With red bell peppers glutting the markets this month, and fresh arugula and oregano still hanging on in the garden it’s time to make some pies. Fire up the grill to keep that kitchen cool. Easy pizza dough Making homemade pizza dough isn’t as hard as you might think. I use a basic bread recipe from the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day, rolling the dough out very thinly for the crust. Just FYI: you’ll need to have the bread… See More

Grilled Chicken Burgers with Garlic Aioli

Grilled Chicken Burgers with Garlic Aioli

One of my latest “required duties” for The Local Dish is to try out recipes and snap some interesting photos of the final plate. It’s fun, focused (no pun intended), and my family is loving the end rewards! Last Sunday I tackled this grilled chicken burgers with garlic aioli recipe that originated through Seattle-based writer, Amie Simon who writes about creating tasty fresh meals using ingredients from her local CSA delivery box. Since I don’t belong to a CSA, I found everything I needed at the local food coop. Rather than serve it with a side of heirloom tomatoes (recommended by… See More

The Backstory on CSA’s

So your friend excitedly tells you they just got their first CSA box delivered and that they’ve been having a great time learning about the endless ways to prepare chard and kale (which they’ve never even eaten before but have now discovered is their favorite vegetable). You smile and nod, you’ve heard them talk about this CSA non-stop since someone signed them up for the holidays. Then the dreaded moment arrives when they ask  “why haven’t you signed up for a CSA box”? There’s no more faking at this point. It’s time to fess up and ask what exactly is a… See More

Siren SeaSA: SF’s only Seafood CSA

Unless you’re out in the waters yourself, it’s pretty hard these days to find fresh, local seafood. Think that salmon and his buddies chillin’ in the Safeway case came from the San Francisco Bay? Er – probably not. That’s why Petaluma’s Anna Larsen is our new best friend for subaquatic foods. Larsen (pictured above, showing off her sashimi-grade albacore at Mission Pie, one of two weekly drop-off spots) is the one-woman conductor behind Siren SeaSA (sound it out – pretty clever, eh?), the only seafood CSA that delivers the finest local and sustainably caught seafood to the Bay Area public. Larsen works… See More


This recipe is part of a weekly column written by Seattle-based writer, Amie Simon, about creating delicious meals using the ingredients in her weekly local CSA delivery box. Comfort Food One of my favorite recent discoveries is a dish called “Stamppot“. A traditional Dutch dish, Stamppot is basically any combination of potatoes, greens, veggies and meat—so it’s great to whip together when you have veggies that need to be used up and some leftover bacon or sausage. It’s hearty, basic, and perfect for comforting your tummy when the fall and winter days prevail. CSA Synchronicity As luck would have it,… See More

Champagne and Fennel Salmon

This recipe was part of our “Out of the Box” weekly column written by Seattle resident Amie Simon about creating tasty dishes at home from her local CSA delivery box. Sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that get me cooking – as was the case this week, when I received some great herbs that I knew would complement the salmon I had waiting in the fridge. Inspirational combinations One of my favorite books to pull recipes from is “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano. I’ve made her Halibut en Papillote before, and knew it was delicious, but since I… See More

Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Stir-Fry

This recipe is part of a weekly column where I use ingredients from my local CSA delivery box to prepare a meal. Summer has finally arrived in Seattle (better late than never!) and the hot, sunny days continue to make me crave light meals that take as little time to cook as possible. Luckily, my CSA delivery has been helping out by sending great veggie and fruit options. Sweet Memories When I was little, my grandma had a small garden and we would pick sugar snap peas and eat them straight off the vine together. I loved their crunchy, sweet… See More

Local Food: The Cream of the Crop

Ah, summer is fast approaching, marked by the arrival of fresh, local produce! Farmers markets are in full swing and when it comes to taste and nutrition, nothing beats fresh, local foods. Local foods are foods and beverages grown or produced within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles away. They can also be described as “community-based agriculture” and include farmers markets, community gardens, food co-ops and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). During the 20th century, the United States saw a huge shift in how food was grown and distributed. Family farms began to give way to corporate… See More