In some other areas of the world I've lived, it's trendy to be "locavore:" to eat food grown only within a strict radius, in order to reduce "food miles" and support the local food economy. I tell you the truth, for 10 months out of the year, this would be a rather treacherous diet to keep in Wallowa county. There are, of course, those who have greenhouses, and many people do can or dry food to last through those other months.
But for two months or so, this county is bursting with food from every corner. Plums and apples fall from the trees, and many people have small veggie plots if not an outright Garden.
Being a professional visit-er-of-persons, I get a lot of gifts.
Here is just today's count of fresh food:
Back in seminary I lived in a community house and we got a CSA box (community supported agriculture -- it's basically vegetables by subscription, giving us a lower price and the farm a constant and reliable customer). We'd nibble on things all week long, but invariably there would be much uneaten. I got into the habit of making Friday night veggie-box-soups; throw everything in a pot and spice it up somehow.
Today I'm not feeding 8, but a small version of veggie box soup is coming right up. Potatoes, carrots, leeks, and green beans on the side.