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The weirdest jelly flavor you'll ever love ...

I should be doing a million other things right now (seriously, if you saw the list, your head would spin), but right now I'm thinking about the biggest sleeper hit jelly in our line: Creole Tomato Basil Jelly. We're selling out of jars like it's the last jelly on earth.

I'm thinking about this jelly, but not because we're selling so much of it. I'm thinking about it because this seasonal jelly really embodies the Locally Preserved mission and how we do business. It also demonstrates our off-the-wall, not-necessarily-systematic approach to developing a new flavor. Which goes something like this:

Step 1: What's in season? What do my farmers have tons of, and what do they need to sell a.s.a.p.?

Answer: "Well, Emily, it's Creole tomato season. I've got beaucoup tomatoes," says Greg Sanamo of Tomott's Cajun Farm. (I'm paraphrasing, but you get the picture.)

Step 2: Okay, we have tomatoes out the wazoo all summer. It's always bothered me that we have this abundance of tomatoes and I don't use enough of them. But that's what we do at Locally Preserved – we figure out how to use them. We sort've reverse engineer a flavor based on what my farmers want me to buy. So, now I think, 'What flavors (herbs, spices, other seasonal fruits/veggies) go with tomatoes? I need to make something different – something you don't see everywhere.'

Answer: Ooooh, I love a good caprese salad – tomato basil is a perfect combo. And our growers have basil by the bushel. Tomato and basil are savory ingredients, but as a chef, I know this combination will work as a sweet jelly. Tomato and basil both have flavor affinities for sweet ingredients (strawberries with basil, tomatoes with sweet, sharp balsamic vinegar).

Step 3: Make the jelly. Taste the jelly. Do a happy jelly dance. Jar the jelly.

Step 4: Watch people pick up the jar at my table at the farmer's market and give me the doubtful, "Really?" face. "Yep. Here, taste it," I say. Enjoy the look of confusion and delightful surprise on their face. Laugh when they scoop up the last three jars and ask if there are more. Make a mental note to send a jar to Greg at Tomott's.

Posted on May 28, 2015 and filed under Food.

We Are THANKful for YOU!

The past few months have truly been a blessing. I want to take a few minutes to make sure each and every one of our supporters knows how very grateful I am for you. THANK YOU! If I could squeeze you, you know I would! We have grown our business so much lately and are making huge strides towards our mission of sustaining farmers, creating jobs and allowing our amazing community to enjoy more delicious foods that are not only made here, but GROWN right here in our backyards.

Last month we were fortunate enough to be invited to attend Terra Madre otherwise known as the birth place of Slow Food in Turino, Italy. For those of you that do not know about Slow Food, in short its the idea that 'our food should be tasty, seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome.' There is an entire international organization that is dedicated to this way of life and it started in Italy! Every 2 years it conveins in Turino and brings individuals from all walks of life together to what I like to call, the same dinner table. These individuals represent every connection we have to the way food is grown, harvested, manufactured or prepared and enjoyed including producers, distributors, farmers, believers, professors, manufacturers, eaters, bartenders and this list can go on and on. Being my first time, I sat back and took it all in. To be able to look around the rooms and just be in complete awe of the magnitude of this organization was moving. It truly is astounding at how important food is to our society and how we survive. I feel like I have new eyes now. Ones that have been awakened. Upon my return to the US, I have hit the ground running and am now more than ever just unbelievably excited to be creating so many amazing products alongside the hardworking friends of mine that we call, farmers.

These farmers are really doing all the hardwork day in and day out to ensure that millions of Americans can provide delicious foods for their families on their Thanksgiving dinner tables. In my opinion, this holiday is the most important holiday to spend a few extra dollars at the Farmer’s Market or with other small businesses that can help make an impact in our farmers lives. 

This season is filled with abundant produce like Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, Collard Greens and Kale. Pecans have been harvested and the Turkey’s are just right. Oh, and did I mention that the Louisiana Citrus season is well underway? Below, I have listed all the ways to spend your holiday budget back into our community, with lots of options to support our local farmers. 

Locally Preserved wishes everyone a very thankful Thanksgiving and promises to always make your holidays extra sweet. 

Thanks again for helping us all Grow Together Locally,

xo Emily & the Locally Preserved Team

Posted on November 24, 2014 and filed under Food.

Do you have good eggs?

By now many of you have either heard about Good Eggs or seen it on our labels. But do you know what it is????

Essentially, Good Eggs is a virtual farmers market! If you have ordered from us online before it’s similar to Etsy in the way it sells products to consumers but Good Eggs only sells locally produced or farmed goods.

Instead of shipping your products, Good Eggs personally delivers them to your doorstep — or you can pick them up from convenient pick up spots around New Orleans.

You can either choose to shop directly from the producer in the ‘Direct from Producer’ tab (which is recommended if you only want to purchase from one shop) or have it aggregated with all your other weekly groceries when you shop in the ‘Via Good Eggs Market’ tab (which is recommended if you want to purchase from more than one shop.)

The mission of Good Eggs is to ‘grow and sustain local food systems worldwide’. Good Eggs started in the San Fran/LA area and is also available in NYC. But surely, New Orleans will change the world!

Good Eggs NOLA is available to all customers in and around New Orleans, and will be expanding soon to include the West Bank and Mandeville.

Since teaming up with Good Eggs, our local sales have been amazing! Feed Me Eat Pretty LOVES Good Eggs and you should too! You should want to put the team over there in your pocket so you can carry them around all day and pull out fresh grown goodies any time you want. Because that is really what they have done for this glorious city!

Check it out:

Now, go buy some GOOD EGGS!