I just moved from Los Angeles, where I had year round local farmers markets and access to every type of food products and goods to a small town in Washington where the local produce is already starting to taper out, there are only a few retailers of ethnic and gourmet foods, and most people settle (or just don't care) for shopping at the large grocery store and eating at ho-hum restaurants.
The nearest large town where these edibles are available is in Canada, and the import rules to the US are a mess - such that I don't want to shop there and risk an argument with a border agent who could care less.
Once every 2 months or so, we can probably head south to Seattle and stock up, but that type of access is limited both in frequency and the space in our cooler.
So how have the smaller town cooks among you managed, if you want to cook or eat these "bigger city" foods? Do you mail order? I'm sure that works much better for non-perishables. Are there any reliable vendors of seafood that will ship frozen overnight? Do they cost a fortune. What about high quality cheeses and charcuterie? Is it hopeless?
I guess I'm suffering from a bit of culture shock and not thinking very originally. I just miss having it all at my fingertips. On the bright side, there is a spice hut in town, that sells fresh spices in bulk, and we've found a very nice bread bakery. There are also wild blackberries growing all over the place - free for those who care to brave the thorns. It's been a great family activity going picking....
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