We live in the “bread basket,” a fertile and fruitful landscape where our families can grow healthy and strong. Every day when we gather around the table, food draws us together in the tradition of our regional heritage; it connects us to each other, to our values, and to our environment.
So this summer, honor that regional heritage while supporting your family’s health and well-being. Search out ways to increase consumption of locally produced foods.
Local markets will be offering different selections of fresh seasonal foods every week. Try a new variety each week and ask the farmer for cooking suggestions. You might discover fabulous great tasting foods you didn’t even know existed. Local food culture brings us back to growing together and supporting our own community in lots of healthy ways.
Involve the whole family in food
• Experiment with what is in the garden and at the farmers market.
• Invite friends over to cook and share a meal using all local ingredients.
Great! Make food sourcing a regular topic of conversation and search for answers to your questions. What food, and what sort of food economy, is good for my family and my community? Take the family to visit a sustainable farm; ask questions about what makes their products healthy and how this food might be different from foods grown in other places. Check the community education calendar for other local educational opportunities.
Sylvia Luetmer is a fresh food lover and active volunteer for Local Harvest Market CO of Alexandria.