Farm to Table isn’t just a catchy phrase. When food is picked and eaten the same day, or within a day or two, it is fresher and tastes better; it’s more nutritious; more alive. I used to have the most gorgeous garden, and grew most of the veggies my family ate from March through October. I remember my son, as a toddler, reaching up to pluck yellow cherry-sized tomatoes from the vine with his chubby little fingers. He devoured them like candy. Warmed by the sun, they were sweet and ripened to perfection. A better snack I could not have imagined. It was no surprise that I later struggled to get him to eat tomatoes purchased from the grocery store. His tastebuds did not lie. There honestly is a difference between picked yesterday, and picked a few weeks ago.
So, when the Nashville Urban Gardening Festival recently asked me to be a part of their upcoming day and to do a demo in the ‘Chef’s Tent,’ can you imagine how quickly I agreed?? Here’s the really cool thing: I will be demoing a ‘Make Ahead Workshop’ Meal Kit from Wildtree and explaining how to bridge the gap between “farm fresh” and “make ahead!” In today’s world, with our busy lives, eating fresh, clean, organic foods can seem like a pipe dream…..but it doesn’t have to be! I’m calling this demo: “Farm FAST meals with Wildtree.”
Wildtree is a meal planning and meal delivery service that offers “an array of quick, safe, affordable meal solutions that are allergen-free, gluten-free, low-sugar, kosher, and organic.” They also offer paleo, vegetarian and vegan options. Customers have the option to: Make Fresh, Make Fast, or Make Ahead meals to fit their lifestyle. The Wildtree mission is simple: To help people live healthier lifestyles and to offer meal time solutions. Umm, yes, please! (If you want to learn more, visit my Wildtree website: http://www.mywildtree.com/lifebylori Reach out to me as well: email@example.com)
Most of us want the convenience that a meal delivery service offers, but many of us also want to support local foods. Buying local food truly keeps local farms healthy and creates local jobs at farms. Local food is often safer, too, because smaller farms are usually less aggressive about the use of chemicals, even if they are not certified organic. Eating locally grown food even helps in the fight against global warming because local food travels less distance to market than typical grocery store foods. Less fuel is required, and fewer greenhouse gasses are generated. Still another benefit of eating locally is helping the local economy. Farmers who sell food to local customers receive the full retail value, dollar for dollar. I really believe that buying local is just about the healthiest option for all involved. I encourage you to seek out a farmer’s market near you and see if you don’t fall madly in love…
….and, if you love farm fresh, local and organic veggies, but don’t have time to meal prep, shop, and spend hours in the kitchen, come to the Urban Gardening Festival and check out my demo, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Davidson County on Saturday, May 19, 2018. 9AM-4PM, rain or shine. http://www.mgofdc.org/ugf
I hope to meet you there!