First, I’m going to offer up a confession.
Even though we live on a farm and care about food access we still struggle to eat fruits and vegetables as often as we’d like.
We get busy and pick up more packaged things from the grocery store and before we know it we’re eating less of what we grow.
Eating healthy, nutritious, locally grown food serves two purposes for me. It helps my family get the good nutrition they need to do what we do everyday. Second, it helps support the local food system. That said, I believe that relationships come before food. We keep things balanced around here.
For example, around Halloween we not only allowed our kids to partake in way too much candy, but we excitedly encouraged them too. We enjoyed and then as quickly as possible we made the candy disappear, cooked up a big pot of chicken soup and placed heaping bowls of fruit within hands reach.
Slow and steady wins the race. We’re in this for life. Most of all I want my kids to know how to make good eating decisions on their own without their mama nagging or forcing them.
Having just had a new baby and coming out of a really busy few years I have to admit that we could be eating more fruits and vegetables than we are. It’s something I want to make a commitment to include in our day to day while saving splurges and convenience foods for every now and then.
In an effort to include the kids in more of my tasks on the farm I asked them a question, “How can mama support our farm, encourage others to eat more fruits and veggies, and include you all?” They came up with a fabulous idea and I’m excited to share it with you.
Once a week we are going to ask YOU what we should be cooking together in the kitchen. The veggie with the most requests will be harvested, prepped, and cooked up by me and the girls over the week and we’ll share some photos and videos here and there. Our hope is that this will encourage you while putting a little fire under our feet as we work towards doing better.
There’s a lot in season around the farm right now. Here’s the short list: kale, swiss chard, mustard greens, turnips, radish, beets, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash. Leave a comment below with the veggie you would like to see us prepare this week!
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