Monthly Archives: November 2012
Talk of local food is everywhere. But what does it mean? How local is local? While local is certainly a flexible term, the basic concept is simple: local foods are produced as close to home as possible. Buying local supports a more sustainable food system because true sustainability goes beyond the methods used in food production to include every step that brings food from farm to plate. We pledge to support California farmers concentrating on the Central Coast producers of organic products.
The local food movement is gaining momentum. Seasonal menus based on what is available at peak harvest, is the most flavorful and healthful way to eat. Supporting local farms, to obtain the freshest ingredients, connects us to eating and cooking what is locally grown. This philosophy has been practiced for thousands of years and is now at the forefront of many eateries around the world.
Most fruits and vegetables travel approximately 1,500 miles before reaching your plate and lose essential nutrients in the process. While about 50% of all fruits and vegetables are imported from other countries, there are easy ways to eat locally and seasonal.
We ate at least 3 days worth of Thanksgiving leftovers…by the 4th day, we were ready for some Thanksgiving Soup. And it was worth the wait…
Quality clean food is a gateway to good health. If you eat whole, healthy and fresh foods, your body and soul will glow with endless energy.
This means eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are off a tree, bush, or plant…eating whole grains like complex carbohydrates and lean proteins that include organic or grass fed meats that are free of pesticides, hormones and additives.
We have two raised beds in our backyard and a water tank that collects rain water to constantly feed our vegetables and herbs. Seeing our plants grow from seed to entire vegetables, has been one of the most enjoyable experiences. And honestly there’s nothing more gratifying than going outside and picking out exactly what you need to make dinner for the night. Besides our personal pleasures, there are many benefits to planting a garden. Check out these Five Reasons Why Urban Farming is the Most Important Movement of our Time.
We’re not going to lie, for our Thanksgiving we roasted a free range turkey to feast on dinner. But it’s nice to know that others celebrated a little differently. Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue organization in the country, held its annual “Celebration for the Turkeys” in Acton, California, where guests got to meet rescued animals, feed rescued turkeys, and listen to guest speakers while enjoying a vegan holiday feast.