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Making a Difference, One Bite at a Time

2013 Resolution! 
Jan. 19, 2013 10:09 pm 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 9:59 am
It has been almost a year since I wrote my last blog entry!  Yikes.  I was hoping that blogging would keep me on track with eating healthy but I guess I am just too good at procrastinating! 

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a documentary called "Ingredients" that I got from Netflix.  I think it was made in 2009.  It is a slow documentary so don't watch it if you are getting ready to go to bed!  It had a lot of good information and it encouraged supporting local farmers and eating fresh and seasonal foods.  It made me think about the food I had been buying.  I had just gone to the grocery store and bought some strawberries for my daughter. The package said it was grown in Mexico.  Sheesh.  If it was grown in Mexico, I'm sure it took awhile for it to arrive at my local store...so it probably wasn't as fresh as it looked.  But that was the only option I had at the store.

The food industry is also so good at growing everything these days that I don't even know what fruits and veggies are in season...because we can get everything anytime!  The movie got me thinking about my new year's resolution.  I think I will start small but here are my goals!

1.  Buy as much produce as possible at my local farmer's market every week.
2.  Once a week, make a dish that features a seasonal vegetable I bought at the market.  Instead of looking up recipes and then creating a grocery list from the recipes, I will first pick the vegetable and then find a recipe on All Recipes. 

If I'm really motivated, I will blog about how the recipe turned out and also review the recipe and include a photo!  We'll see how that goes!
Jan. 20, 2013 3:56 am
I was just at the grocery store and they had blackberries for $1.50. I bought 2 packages as they looked so beautiful! They are some of the best blackberries I've ever bought at the store. Usually I pick my own, but since it's January and I live in NE Ohio it would have been tough to find any growing on my bushes - these at the store were big, beautiful and juicy. And they actually tasted like a blackberry! I like your idea of making dishes from seasonal vegetables. I might steal that from you and add to my goal. My goal is to eat at least one more serving of fruit than I normally would; I felt as though I wasn't eating much fruit. So far I've managed to add extra fruit to my diet.
Jan. 20, 2013 4:06 pm
Our farmers market runs May to November because that is the growing season here and I try to get all my produce there. Ours only sells organic foods, so it is healthier, tastier and I'm supporting local farmers. In 6 short years it has grown from 1 location with a handful of farmers to 4 locations and now includes 2 dairies; a fresh, local caught fish monger; a farm grown meat stall, an organic bakery; fresh made pasta and sauces. I try to buy enough to freeze for over the winter. As more and more people become aware that they are paying top dollar for bland, pesticide laden produce I believe things will change.
Jan. 20, 2013 6:16 pm
Great idea! I'm going to check out that documentary. I'm trying to use more fresh veggies and fruits in my cooking so I'll be following your journey!
Jan. 22, 2013 9:59 am
Thanks for all your comments! I just came down with a cold so I've been sick at home these last 2 days. but I still plan to go to the farmers market tomorrow!
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