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February 22, 2017
Win 2 Tickets to our VIP Farm-to-Table Dinner!
By Charis Lindrooth
It's CSA week and Friday is officially national CSA Day! Yay!! We'd like to celebrate by raffling off 2 tickets to our gourmet VIP Farm-to-Table Dinner (date and time TBA). How do you enter? The lucky winner will be randomly selected from all who have signed up previous to midnight Feb 24 (Friday). If you are registered for 2017, you're in the running. If not, now's the time! Sign up here!
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December 31, 2016
Vegetables Still Make Sense
By Charis Lindrooth
I wrote a post about food for my health blog yesterday. I started the post thinking about the plenitude of internet information about diets and how one food can be vilified on one site and glorified as a cure-all on another.
If you read the post, or run your own google search, you will quickly find a number of foods we used to think of as healthy on the unhealthy list now, and vice-versa. Hot debates on these foods include whole wheat, gluten, grains in general, beef, butter, coconut and eggs. It’s enough to make your head spin.
Smugly, when I started the post, I thought to myself that vegetables are about the only food immune to the see-saw of cans and can'ters. But that’s not true either: try cabbage, or other brassicas, spinach, Swiss chard, tomatoes, potatoes and beets. Seems like with a little research you can determine that absolutely no food is good for you.
I have spent several decades as a natural health care practitioner, helping people sort through the bombardment of information surrounding what to eat. While I love to read the research, sometimes we need to take our nose out of the books and internet and use common sense.
Without a doubt one of the surest ways to improve your health in general is to eat more vegetables. Whether you cook them, eat them raw or throw them in your VitaMix, most of us have more room on our plates for more fresh vegetables.
Take things a step further and prepare your food with care and thoughtfulness. Share it with friends and family, with conversation and laughter. I have no doubt that these factors play a role in the nutritional outcome as much as the chemical makeup of the food itself.
Now that winter has fully descended upon the farm, I am faced with shopping for my vegetables. While much progress has been made in food transport and flavor preservation, salad mix in a box just doesn’t inspire me the same way as our own. I think most of you would agree, nothing beats the taste of just-picked, local farm fresh produce.
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May 10, 2015
Does Mom Still Tell You to Eat Your Vegetables?
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
Once upon a time there was a little girl who didn't really like peas. Or cooked carrots. Or lima beans. Or most vegetables. Then she grew up and planted a garden, the one with the groundhog in it. And now she is the Farmer's Wife and she could consume a partial share or more by herself. How on earth do we get our kids to eat more vegetables? Or at least grow up and start eating vegetables.
Maybe I was lucky. Or maybe my early childhood radish growing experience with my Dad, infused a love of vegetables that blossomed when I graduated from college. When I started my first garden, I was obsessed with peppers and broccoli. Not obsessed with how they tasted. Just how they looked and how pretty and awesome they would be in my garden. I actually hated peppers and was on the fence about broccoli, when it came to actually eating them. I grew them anyway. My first head of broccoli was GIANT and I was so thrilled! The massive plant that gave birth to this miniature tree was a sight to behold. I had never seen anything like it. Something about this miraculous plant inspired me to eat it. The depth of flavor, the unexpected sweetness and the connection to its short life cycle directly affected my palate. Delicious! Inspired by this success I forced myself to eat the peppers from my garden until my pscyhe realized, "These are amazingly delicious!"
The Farmer's daughter won't touch a green thing on her plate. But take her into the greenhouse and she will graze like a horse. I have witnessed her eat five whole peppers at once. This Spring she discovered the sweet apple flavor of the Hakuri salad turnips. I think she ate two dozen, yanking them up and shaking off the dirt.
We all have tricky tricks in our back pockets to disguise vegetables and bribery of yummy desserts to convince our sweet cherubs to consume ample quantities or leafy greens. But I am guessing that the most potent trick of all is to connect with the magic of nature. "Come see the vegetables growing. Pick them. Taste them as soon as they come from the ground. Get your hands dirty. Sit on the sweet brown earth and eat to your hearts content." This is my modern replacement to the Mother's chiding words, "Eat your vegetables!"
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