Last week I attended a Farm to Table event at Green Meadow Farm in Hamilton, Mass., put together by the Northeast Mass Dietetics Association for dietitians in the area. During the event we got to enjoy local foods prepared by the farm's own chef and listen to a fellow dietitian and local food enthusiast, Nicole Cormier, talk about ways to incorporate sustainable eating into our practice as dietitians. I have always had an interest in eating locally because of the benefit to our environment, as well as the improved nutrient quality and taste of our food. What I didn't realize was how much of an impact it can have on improving lifestyle habits and health.
Here are some simple ways you can enjoy locally grown foods...
- Shop at a local farmers market
-Take part in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
-Visit a local farm and pick your own fruits and vegetables
- Start your own vegetable or herb garden
-Plan a meal knowing where all your foods come from
My recipe for Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is perfect for this post because all of the produce can be found at a farmers market this time of year! I made it for my husband and brother in law, and they loved it! I'd call that a success!
Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
Time: 1 hours 30 minutes