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connect to your food

3 May

7349196642_854eb07be1“Shake the hand that feeds you.”– Michael Pollan

Whatever your weekend plans may be, try seeking out a farmer’s market in your area.

As your browse the produce, and marvel at the greater Spring selection, strike up a chat with the farmers tending the stand.

Ask them some questions about their day-to-day on the farm, learn more about where their produce comes from, how its grown, or why farming is so important to them.

Connecting to the food we eat not only inspires us to appreciate it more, but also provides us with peace of mind knowing where that bushel of fava beans, those asparagus spears or heads of spring garlic came from.

And of course, the sweet image of the smiling farmers faces, the tough hardworking hands, the unwavering determination and passion that helped bring those beautiful vegetables to your plate, will pop into your mind as you and your family sit down to eat.

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reading list

1 Mar

5854949486_c609ecd2eeThe food revolution of our time has been well underway, and with the proliferation of food information many insightful books have bloomed.

We are here to share with you some of our staff favorites, hoping that our list may inspire a food revolution in you, or in your community.

What food related books have inspired you?
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what did your ancestors eat?

30 Nov

4494113699_2be84c0750As we embark on the weekend, try keeping Michael Pollan’s advice in mind as you shop for food and sit down to eat:

“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food…stay away from these”  ~Michael Pollan

Happy healthy eating to all!

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Meal inspiration

6 Aug

6818430659_118c09a05c“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

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National School Lunch Week and the food revolution at home

13 Oct

Thank you Michael Pollan, for spreading the word about school lunch. Being aware of all the so-called “food” that is being served to our children at many schools across the country, inspires the food revolution we feel so strongly about. Making a difference in this generation’s lives is what inspires our work on a daily basis. The food revolution is what it is, and grows or not, because of all of our small daily actions to make it so – to make a substantial difference.

We are all a part of this revolution when we do simple wonderful things, such as shopping at our local farmer’s markets, cooking together and sitting down as a family for a shared meal, or growing a garden, no matter how small. Imagine your child getting ready to move into his or her own home, and having as a priority a sunny spot for something to grow, and a proper kitchen to make daily magic happen. Imagine all children all over the country caring about where their food comes from, with an understanding that a farmer’s plight is our own.

It’s sometimes difficult for healthy food to compete with the insane amount of advertising that children are bombarded with every day for unhealthy “treats”.   There are no cartoon characters dancing to a broccoli jingle, no toy prize at the bottom of a bunch of kale.  Nevertheless, in our cafeterias, kids are trying broccoli and kale and loving it. If we eat it with enthusiasm, make it together, and share it up without pressure, even the most timid of eaters, eventually can find their way to eating vegetables.

This is the season of plenty, if you are in Brooklyn this Saturday, consider attending the Field-to-Fork Culinary Festival at Borough Hall, October 15 from 11:30am – 3pm. There will be tastings from local food restaurants to benefit Seeds in the Middle, a pilot project in Crown Heights to help residents improve their diets. Tickets are $35 for six plates of food in advance from Tastes of Brooklyn, $45 at the event.