Eat a Local Breakfast
I have been discussing a few baby steps (here and here) on how to start eating locally. The third Baby Step is choosing one meal to start eating locally. I think the easiest one to start with is breakfast and here’s why:
- Ingredients for breakfast are often the cheapest (so you can eat locally and not break the bank)
- You can have great variety from day to day with just a few ingredients
- It can change week to week with what is in season
- It starts your day off thinking consciously
Here are a few ideas on how to eat locally for breakfast:
Farm fresh eggs: They do not only have a beautiful and rich golden yolk, they are cheap and extremely versatile.
Just a little produce: Spending about $5 on local produce will get you through (at least) an entire week of breakfasts.
Cheese: Getting local cheese will set you back about $6 (depending on size of block/wedge) but will last about a month.
Local bread: One of the cheapest and most delicious ways to eat locally, and for special mornings try local muffins.
Local granola: My person favorite – a bag of local granola runs about $6 and sometimes that’s all I eat for a week
Local milk: This is easy to substitute and should cost the same as the grocery store.
Local meat: If you want to splurge for a weekend brunch, local bacon or sausage is delicious!
Farm Fresh Breakfast Ideas:
- Fried Eggs with local veggies (pictured above with lacinto kale and carrots)
- Omelet with local eggs, veggies, and cheese (Try Feta and Kale Omelet)
- Breakfast Sandwich with local fried eggs, bread, and cheese (Try Sandwich with Arugula and Ramp Mayo)
- Simple granola and milk with local fruit
- Simple Toast, bacon and fruit
- Potato Hash with Poached Egg on Top (Recipe here)
- Breakfast frittata with local veggies (Try a broccoli and kale frittata)
If you can cook an egg, you can make just about any breakfast. Let the items at the Farmers Market inspire you to make your favorite omelet, the next day use those same ingredients for a breakfast sandwich, the next day try a veggie hash with eggs. Be creative – it’s amazing what you can do with just a few local ingredients. Think seasonally, think small and take the next baby step.