Posts Tagged Local Harvest

Health Starts Here in the New Year!

Happy New Years! I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2012, and hope that many good things happen this year! Everybody wants to start off the new year on the right foot, and new years resolutions are a very common way to make a commitment to yourself. However, many choose to make extravagant resolutions, such as losing 50 pounds, going completely vegan, or exercising 6 days a week. Although these are wonderful ideas, they can soon become overwhelming and the goal is never achieved. The best way to accomplish a new lifestyle change is to conquer several smaller goals along the way. For instance, instead of immediately exercising 6 days per week, try going for a jog after work 2 days a week. Once you have accomplished that goal and feel comfortable keeping that in your schedule, you can add onto your workout regimen.

Are you ready to make a few simple dietary changes for lifelong health? Whether you’re just getting started on a healthy eating journey or have been on this path for several years, there are a few basic principles or goals to accomplish along the way. Whole Foods actually has a great list of healthy eating pillars that can help guide your journey, so be sure to check out their page called “Health Starts Here.”

1. Eat whole, unprocessed foods- food in its purest state is the best tasting and most nutritious food available

2. Be “plant strong”- eat a colorful variety of plants, and have the majority of each meal come from veggies, fruits, legumes, beans, and whole grains.

3. Eat healthy fats- get your fat from whole plant sources, such as nuts, seeds, and avocados. Limit your amount consumed from extracted oils and processed foods.

4. Eat nutrient-dense foods- these are foods that are the richest in vitamins and minerals when compared to their calorie content. To locate the nutrient density scores of your favorite foods, check out Whole Food’s ANDI Scoring System. 

5. Eat local foods- support your local farmers by buying and consuming fresh, local produce. Produce that is grown in season is fresher and filled with more nutrients that your body needs. Eating local foods helps to benefit your body as well as your environment! For more information on local foods, please visit www.localharvest.org

What are your new years resolutions? Share them here!

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Purchase a CSA Membership!

I promise you won’t regret your decision!

During my practicum, I had the opportunity to visit, speak with, and “taste test” produce from a variety of farms and farmers markets. I do not think that you could go wrong purchasing a CSA membership from any farm in the Triangle region. Growing up in Philadelphia, I never had the exposure to such wonderful farming, fresh produce, and hands-on experience. Every farm and market that I have visited since moving to Raleigh has been awesome, and the food they sell is delicious!

However, if I were to give you my own personal opinion, my two favorites are Hilltop Farms and Wild Onion Farms. Hilltop Farms has an amazing CSA from personal experience and provides fresh and tasty produce each and every week. Farmer Fred Miller and his workers are so friendly and helpful, and really make you excited about consuming local foods. In addition, Wild Onion Farms has a produce stand at the Midtown Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning. To me, they have the most delicious produce available, the greatest selection, and the most affordable cost. That constitutes a winner in my opinion!

Here are 15 different farms and local businesses in the Triangle area that provide seasonal CSA boxes:

1. Farm to Form- Raleigh, NC

2. Britt Farms- Mt. Olive, NC

3. The Produce Box- Raleigh, NC

4. Rare Earth Farms- Zebulon, NC

5. Kellam-Wyatt Farm- Raleigh, NC

6. Freshtables CSA Farm- Apex, NC

7. Hilltop Farms- Willow Springs, NC

8. Five Points CSA- Raleigh, NC

9. Triple T Ranch- Fuquay Varina, NC

10. Smith’s Nursery- Benson, NC

11. Coon Rock Farms- Hillsborough, NC

12. Ben’s Produce- Clayton, NC

13. Fickle Creek Farm- Efland, NC

14. Wild Onion Farms- Middlesex, NC

15. Beausol Gardens- Pittsboro, NC

 

Search http://www.localharvest.org/, type in zip code to get a complete list of CSA programs in your region

 

If you are still undecided about which CSA membership to sign up for, or what to consider when purchasing a CSA, check out this website: www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-38.html

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