Getting to the Root of the Food Matter

As a dietitian, I’m bluntly aware of the benefits of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.  But understanding the origin and evolution of these foods is not something that was classroom-taught in high school or in college (which, located in Harrisonburg, Virgina, had a rural setting that would suggest appropriate coverage in class!). Regardless, I have made a pact (New Years resolution?) to expand my knowledge with a greater understanding of a food’s roots, so to speak…

Maybe it’s the fact that my husband grew up on a farm; a poultry farm on 160 acres of land with over 200,000 chickens, supplement with with corn, cows, and a small pond that draws a duck or two in the warmer months.   But lately, I’ve been on a kick to support our local farmers (see previous post, “Trip to the Farm… city-style!”) while cultivating a love for seasonal produce and learning how to cook it. 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.  A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public.  Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included such as eggs, meats and breads.  You can purchase a share and receive seasonal goods each week throughout the farming season.  Farmers benefit economically and socially, while consumers get ultra-fresh, flavorful and nutritious food with exposure to new produce and  how the food is grown.  Turns out there are numerous options in and around Philadelphia to join a CSA.  Looks like a New Year’s resolution is already coming together quite nicely…


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