Slow Food, Fast

Do you have a slow-food appetite on a Hamburger Helper time budget? Greg Conner can help. But only if you live in Seattle. As reported in “Conscientious grocer wants his healthy frozen meals to nurture the community,” an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Conner was a sustainability consultant whose own busy lifestyle meant he was preaching the “eat local” mantra all day but coming home to consume prepared foods.

He decided to walk his own talk, so he started Eat Local, a specialty food store that provides sustainable frozen meals. What does that mean? All the meats and produce are raised within “a several-hundred-mile radius” (which, when you think about it, could encompass a whole lot of territory. But cut him a break: It’s SEATTLE in MARCH. Unless he’s making only dandelion green and mushroom casserole, it could be difficult to stay within a 100-mile radius). In addition, all the food is sustainably raised and organic, and the packaging is recyclable (including a neat little microwavable aluminum tray).

What can you expect to eat?

Orchard Duck Roast with Washington Apples and Onions; Roasted Apricot Chicken; Winter Squash Bisque; Apricot Lentil Soup with Ginger Essence; Chocolate Decadence (a flourless cake), and Bodiam Castle Flapjack Bar (a granola-bar-like snack).

At around $7 per serving, it’s a deal the environment would prefer you not refuse.

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