Stocking your pantry with food grown by local farmers is a great way to eat fresh, interesting, ever-changing meals all year long at low prices. You can find a listing of local foods are currently in season in your state at the National Resource Defense Council's website along with recipes and other helpful information.
During the month of March here in Washington state, you can find locally grown apples, carrots, greens, mushrooms, onions, and potatoes at great prices. Sausage corn chowder is a tasty way to use those local potatoes!
Sausage Corn Chowder
1 lb breakfast sausage, browned, crumbled and drained
4 cups skinned, cubed potatoes
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
1 14oz can creamed corn
1 14oz can evaporated milk
3 cups water
1 TBSP minced onion
Ground black pepper to taste
Dump all ingredients into a 5-6 quart crock pot, stir well, and cook on the low setting 6-8 hours. If the soup becomes too thick, add chicken stock to taste.
Serve with grated cheese, oyster crackers or cheezits as desired.