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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10 Reasons Moe's Will Always And Forever Be Superior To Chipotle

Welcome to Moe's!
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With the great debate between which burrito place is the best, here are 10 reasons why Moe's is clearly the better option than Chipotle. *Side note, I do like Chipotle, but Moe's will always be No. 1 in my heart.

1. WELCOME TO MOE'S!

You don't get this kind of hospitality from Chipotle.

2. Their menu is much larger.

Moe's offers burritos, quesadillas, nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads, and they all have cool names! Chipotle just has burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. BORING.

3. They offer a variety of toppings.


Moe's offers over 20 fresh ingredients while Chipotle has...barely anything. :/

4. Moe Monday.

$5 BURRITOS!!!!! Seriously no one can beat that.

5. Their prices in general.


At Chipotle it's $6.50 just for a for a burrito alone. Add on chips, guac and a drink and that's roughly $13. At Moe's you can get a burrito, chips, unlimited salsa, and a drink for $8.80. Add on queso and that's only $1.25 more. (But totally worth it!!!) Which brings me to my next case...

6. QUESO!!!!!!!!!!

Queso is bae. That is all.

7. Free chips and a salsa bar!

We don't pay extra here.

8. The atmosphere at Moe's just feels better.

Chipotle's are usually tiny little restaurants that barely have any tables. Every time I go to Chipotle I feel rushed to eat my food because people are usually hovering over you looking for a seat. Moe's is like five times it size and they play good music.

9. Moe's is made with FRESH ingredients.


I'm not even gonna get into the whole Chipotle situation...

10. Overall, Moe's just tastes better than Chipotle.


Sorry 'bout it.

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Let's Talk Pumpkin Spice

How to aid your pumpkin spice fix this fall season!

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Ahhh, October. Some may recognize this time for the season, Autumn, but those who know how to live their lives right know that Pumpkin Spice comes back on the menu. This includes many indulging in the seasonal lattes at Starbucks, but what if I told you there are many other ways to aid this fix? Here are the right ways to get you in the right mood for Fall with a just the right amount of pumpkin spice here in Tuscaloosa.

1. Spice Up That Coffee Order

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Besides the well-known pumpkin spice latte served, Starbucks offers a variety of items on their seasonal menu made with this spice. On your way or in-between class, try a pumpkin spice chai tea latte, pumpkin scone, or various of other menu items including pumpkin. getting tired of the trend, try Starbuck's other seasonal items such as the salted caramel mocha, maple pecan muffin, and apple cider donut so you stay feeling the fall vibes.

Click the link below to reveal Starbuck's top ten secret Fall drinks

https://starbuckssecretmenu.net/10-pumpkin-starbuc...

2. Spice Up Your Learning Space

Even if you're overwhelmed with studying for midterms, allow the aroma of pumpkin spice erases your stress. Stop by Bath and Bodyworks or your favorite candle store to fill your space with your fall favorites. Live in a dorm, Bath and body works sells seasonal plug-ins so you don't miss out on the seasonal vibes. Even if you're in class, grab a travel size lotion so you always have fall on your mind.

Check out Bath and Bodywork's Fall Scents in the link below!

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com

3. Spice Up Your Skin Care Routine

Check out these seasonal must-haves to make your skincare and beauty routine feel just as cozy as the fall season!Click the image to purchase these must-haves!

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Facial Cleanser

Mrs.Meyers Pumpkin Spice Hand Soap

Pumpkin Spice Face Mask

Pumpkin Spice Renew Serum form QVC

Pumpkin Spice Hempz Hand Cream

4. Spice Up Your Cuisine

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If you're an absolute die-hard fan of pumpkin spice, check out these must-try recipes to serve and your next fall festivity or just to have!

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/g3614/...

Happy fall, y'all, and enjoy every minute of it especially here in the South!

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