Your Commissary – It's Worth the Trip!
Where does the food we eat come from? This question is one part of the farm-to-table experience taking place across the nation. And the experience really begins with where the food is grown on the farm. Often we choose to create our own unique farm-to-table experience when purchasing local fruits and vegetables in season. Preparing and eating food that you enjoy is also part of the farm-to-table experience.
To eat close to the farm choose foods that have the least amount of processing done to them. Fresh fruits and vegetables have little or no processing, so include a variety in your diet. To help manage your budget, buy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Choose foods with minimal processing and try to limit foods in your diet that have more than five ingredients. Planning meals ahead of time that include more whole foods is also useful. Here is a farm fresh recipe that is quick and easy to prepare:
Another area that the farm-to-table experience is growing in is schools. Children in school are now enjoying more fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals. This provides a great opportunity to talk with them about where their food comes from and how it was grown. Children are more likely to eat something that they learn about, help purchase and prepare. To further spark their interest questions to ask include:
Here's an easy recipe for carrots that children can help make at home:
(Recipe adapted from Kansas State University)
(ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Karen Hawkins is a registered dietitian and works for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy.)
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