Today's MoFo Prompt: "Make (or eat!) a traditional local dish"
Hm. This prompt is a bit of a challenge for someone from Santa Cruz. I grew up here, and I still can't think of anything that qualifies as a "traditional local dish." Burritos? Well, no, not really. Salt water taffy? Again, not really. I entertained making some acorn mush to honor the Miwok Tribe that lived in this area before the arrival of the Spanish missionaries... but I had acorn mush once and it really wasn't very tasty.
So, I turned my sights to our local agriculture. Agriculture is a major part of the economy here, and we have many large-scale farms as well as many small-scale farms. According to the internet, there are 682 farms in Santa Cruz County! We are lucky enough to have several year-round farmers markets with an abundance of organic produce all year. I enjoy this so much and go to the market twice a week with complete regularity twice a week, all year long.
When I was growing up, apples were the biggest crop in town, but these days, the highest value crop grown here is definitely strawberries, which brought in over $200 million last year. That's a lot of strawberries!!! One of my friends moved to Bogota, Colombia and went to buy strawberries at the store, and they were from Santa Cruz County. Ha ha.
Of course I love strawberries, because I am a human being with tastebuds, and I eat a lot of them. A lot of times I'll just buy myself a basket of strawberries to eat in the car on my way home from the farmers market. We are so lucky here to have an extremely long strawberry season -- almost all year -- from about March to November or so.
a bowl of strawberries and almond milk
When I was a little girl, I remember that my parents used to sometimes make us a special treat, which was a bowl of strawberries and milk. It's so simple, but it was always presented as a special thing, and so I loved it. A few years back, I tried a bowl of strawberries with soy milk, and it was pretty good -- but this time around I prepared a bowl of strawberries with almond milk and that is a truly delicious treat. Somehow this combination of two simple ingredients ends up equaling more than the sum of its parts. Such a sweet way to be transported back to a childhood treat!
strawberries and milk in a bowl.