Farm-To-Table: It's More Than A Just A Trend

Farm-To-Table: It's More Than A Just A Trend

The simplest concept: just growing your own food and eating it.
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In the past five years, farm-to-table has been a lively theme among local restaurants and farmers. Farm-to-table promotes clean eating and the “green movement” that guarantees fresh and healthy food within a community. Local organic farming, community support, seasonal eating and environment sustainability are the greatest benefits to this booming movement.

Farm-to-table is one of the easiest expressions to understand. “It’s the simplest concept out there. Just growing your own food and eating it,” said Jim Haurey, owner and cook at The Grange Restaurant in Warwick, NY, “Cooking anyway else just isn’t smart.”

Whether it’s growing cherry tomatoes on a vine for a nice summer salad, or growing a garden full of bok choy, the satisfaction of eating and having others eat what you grow is like no other.

Since farming, growing and serving produce has been around for centuries, why all of a sudden has it become such a thriving lifestyle? Are we trying to take the easy way out while putting our health in danger? The answer could be because our population finally understands all of the harmful substances that are being included in the food we eat.

According to the Non-GMO Project, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a lab through genetic engineering. GMOs are not labeled on the food we eat, so it is hard to tell which foods may contain them and which foods do not. The Non-GMO Project has teamed up with many companies over the past few years to start labeling the foods that do not contain GMOs and that are safe and healthy for our bodies.

More and more Americans are realizing the health risks of these GMOs and have been drawn toward the farm-to-table trend because of its “green” nature. Soil, seeds, and water are three components one needs to grow their own produce and eat it in the comfort of their own home. However, the time it takes for some produce to germinate could be lengthily and if gardening just isn’t your forte, let the certified organic farmers do the job for you.

The Grange Restaurant has been open for almost three years and has drawn thousands of guests to sample their farm fresh produce and local grass-fed beef. “Busy people don’t have the time or place to grow their own so we supply it,” says Haurey. “I’m surrounded by farms; it’s the only thing that makes sense. Why wouldn’t I want to have a restaurant where people can come and enjoy the farm community?”

Community support is one of the biggest benefits of farm-to-table living. Purchasing produce, meat, and dairy products from local farms supports small businesses and ensures fresh products. With many grocery stores using farms from across the country and shipping them over to their stores, it is hard to really know “where” the food we’re eating is coming from and what kind of chemicals they’re putting on it to keep it so fresh for such a long time. To maintain the quality of the harvest, farm-to-table followers make sure that chemicals that may potentially hurt the environment and their health do not harm their goods.

Although the farm-to-table movement may seem like it's just starting, it is important to understand that people have been farming seasonal ingredients for centuries. Thousands of civilizations have relied solely on the goods they grew themselves for their own nourishment and profit. This way of life promotes clean eating and the “green” movement within a community. Haurey explains, “Farm-to-table shouldn’t be just a trend. Trends look to gain financial development. We want to educate and show people that farming should always be this way.”

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.

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The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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