local food

If You Give a Kid a Spatula …

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 16th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: cage-free eggs, children in the kitchen, csa, family meals, farm share, free-range chickens, getting kids to eat, healthy-eating, if you give a kid a spatula, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, kids cook, local food, parenting, pastured eggs, pasturized eggs, sustainable farming

I hope my kids learn to cook. And love to it as much as I do.

I truly believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an appreciation for food. And by food, I mean real food — food that doesn’t come out of a can or microwaveable container. This hope is not just for my children; I hope more and more kids everywhere grow up with a renewed understanding of where food comes from and a respect for the plants and animals they eat.

Instead of citing studies about the rise of childhood obesity and rambling on about why teaching our kids to cook will make the world a better place, I’ve written a hopeful little story (with respectful credit due to Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond, authors of many beloved children’s books, including, of course, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie). I hope you like it.

Organic Food Delivery: Fresher, Faster … Better?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | October 11th, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: csa, delivery, eat local, eat organic, eating, farm, farmers markets, fresh, healthy, home, kale, local, local food, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, lose-weight, organic, Organics to You, produce, produce delivery, recipes, weight-loss

Fall Produce DeliveryI’ve lost a pound in four days, and we’ve eaten healthy, organic meals the past three nights.

New diet? Nope. I just signed us up for organic produce home delivery.

I received my first delivery this week, and it’s already delivering much more than I had hoped for: a reason to try new recipes, eating fruits and vegetables I’ve never ventured to buy in the grocery store (hello, kale!), and losing weight in the process.

Also, I swear, the carrots just taste better.

How to Be an Informed Foodie

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | October 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 101 Cookbooks, Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, eating in season, eating locally, eating seasonal, Environmental Defense Fund, environmentally-friendly fish, environmentally-friendly seafood, farmed fish, Food and Drug Administration, food blogs, food miles, food recalls, food research websites, food websites, foodie, local farmers, local food, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, National Resources Defense Council, pick-your-own farms, product recalls, seasonal foods, Tastespotting, U.S. Recall News, vegan recipes

Whatever did we do before the Internet? As a writer, it’s obviously the first place I turn to start working on an article. And as a consumer, I rarely make an important purchase decision without doing a little research on the company, what others think of the product, and where I can buy it for the best price.

Roam Globally, Eat Locally: Top 10 Cities for Local Food

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | September 14th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: eat local when traveling, eating local, eco-friendly travel, farmers markets, local food, sustainable food, sustainable living, top cities for local food

farmersmktsouceI love harvest time. What more savory feast for the senses is there than a Saturday morning stroll through the local farmers market in September? Here in Boulder, Colo., I love gathering a basketful of Palisade peaches, pungent peppers, fresh-picked organic salad greens, and a big, sweet Rocky Ford cantaloupe (the melon equivalent of a vine-ripe heirloom tomato versus a pale January supermarket variety). And soon, I’ll add a jug of cloudy, fresh-pressed apple cider.

Julia’s Legacy

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | August 4th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: community supported agriculture, cookbooks, cooking shows, CSAs, farmers markets, fast food, Food Network, industrial agriculture, Julia Child, Julie & Julia movie, Julie Powell, local food, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, michael pollan

Maybe it’s simply because I’m so entrenched in the food world, but I’ve been surprised by how prevalent the buzz has been for the film, Julie & Julia, which opens tomorrow. Between the Twitter feed, the Facebook updates and anticipatory articles, I feel almost like I’ve already seen the film (indeed, there have been so many clips released that I finally decided to stop watching them for fear that I’d have seen all the good parts before even getting to the theatre).

Dining Out with a Conscience

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: charity, cleaning methods, community involvement, dining out, eating out, energy efficient, free range, Green Restaurant Association, green restaurants, humane meat, LEED, local food, organic, salvaged, sustainable eating, sustainable seafood, vegetarian

One of the biggest things you can do to support and encourage responsibly raised food is to vote with your wallet. You may be patronizing CSAs and farmers’ markets for local produce, buying organic brands from your supermarket and studying nutrition labels for evils like high fructose corn syrup and artificial preservatives, but if you’re eating in restaurants blissfully ignorant of where the food on your plate comes from, then you might be undermining your efforts.

Wanderlust Festival: Where Yoga Meets Music and Nature

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 7th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Yoga | tags: 50 Days 50 Yoga Studios road trip, environment, environmentalism, green, Kasey Luber, Lake Tahoe, local food, music, nature, organic, Squaw Valley, sustainablility, Wanderlust Festival, Yoga

wanderlust by itselfThis July, a new kind of festival will bring together the world’s leading yoga teachers and best rock ‘n’ roll performers in a breathtaking setting of natural beauty. The Wanderlust Festival, dedicated to both “spiritual and physical exploration,” will take place July 24-26 in Squaw Valley USA, Lake Tahoe, Calif. Gaiam is a sponsor of the festival, and our Yogamates.com editor Kasey Luber will conclude her 50 Days 50 Yoga Studios road trip at Wanderlust.

Coming Soon, to a Kitchen Near You

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | March 25th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: bamboo, Bambu, Circulon, cooking utensils, cork, Cuisinart GreenGourmet, cutting board, cutting knives, EarthPan, EcoLife utensils, Fagor, Fissler, green kitchen equipment, GreenPan, Halogen Tabletop Oven, International Home and Housewares Show, local food, Meyer, NextLife seal of sustainability, organic food, PFOA, portable induction cooktop, sustainable materials. energy efficient appliances

I just got back from the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, which is one of the biggest industry events for the world of kitchen products and home cooking equipment. It’s where new products get introduced and retailers decide which ones they’re going to put on their shelves.

Eco-Food Book Cheat Sheet

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | March 17th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: Animal Vegetable Miracle Barbara Kingsolver, eating, food books, food labels, Food Matters, In Defense of Food, industrial food system, local food, Marion Nestle, Mark Bittman, meat-eating, michael pollan, organic, The Omnivore's Dilemma, vegetarianism, What to Eat

Last week in my blog about responsibly-raised meat I mentioned Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful book about eating local, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, as well as Mark Bittman’s newer book on his own forays into the messy world of our nation’s food supply, Food Matters.

Thinking of Joining a CSA? The Time Is Now

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | March 7th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: community supported agriculture, csa, eating local, local food, locally-grown food


I don’t have to tell most of you, it’s still freezing in most parts of the country (here in Atlanta we got an unprecedented snowstorm last weekend!) but believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about where your summer produce will come from.