We had a wonderful, mostly-local Dark Days dinner tonight. Roasted pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, rutabagas, and a Cuban-style "gravy" that's just olive oil heated very hot and poured over a combination of minced garlic, sliced onions, lemon juice, and a healthy dose of garlic powder (I don't like typical flour-and-drippings gravy - but this garlicky treat is just fabulous!!).
For the local items, the tenderloin and garlic were from New Roots Farm, the potatoes and onions from Meadows Mirth, rutabagas from Heron Pond, and the garlic powder from Two Sisters Garlic in Canterbury, NH (they have wonderful garlic products - and we were able to order their garlic powder via mail-order since Canterbury is a bit of a drive from where we live - definitely convenient!). For semi-local we had Cabot butter in the rutabagas, and Stonyfield milk in the mashed potatoes. The olive oil, lemon juice, and salt were definitely not local.
Great news - New Hampshire folks looking for more local food options have another winter market to check out. This one will be held in Concord the last Saturday of the month for the next 3 months (1/30, 2/27, 3/27). For details, check out this posting on Seacoast Eat Local, or email market coordinator Joan O'Connor at joconnornh @ yahoo (dot) com. Joan is a local food advocate who I met a couple years ago at the Concord farmers' market, where she was selling compost worms (and also offering lots of advice for those new to composting). She's a wonderful resource if you're looking to learn about how worms can eat your garbage too :)