Hello Summer VegOut! Enthusiasts,
We are excited about spotlighting small farms this month hoping to inspire you to buy local while eating your 30 different veggies in July. Did you know that you can earn badges for supporting local farms? The kids will love that! Will you please share your farm discoveries with us on social media with the hashtag #vegout2018—and we will tell the world. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites around the country.
Working on 20 acres in Encinitas, CA, Coastal Roots Farm is a non-profit growing food for their give-what-you-can farm stand, supporting members of the community who cannot afford organic, healthy food.
Hope Farms Stand
If you live in the Houston area, come visit us on Saturday mornings from 9 to noon at 10401 Scott Street! We’ve got squash, melon, onions, amaranth, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, & more!
What’s in Season?
Don’t know what is in season where you live? Here‘s a great guide to seasonal summer food all over the country. Whatever is in season, bought locally from an organic producer, will always taste better than what you’ll find in the grocery store.
Our culinary director, Paola, and her daughter come out to Hope Farms on Saturdays and cook during the Farm Stand. It gives shoppers a chance to taste the produce prepared in ways they may not have thought of before. Want to try what they’re cooking? Here’s the recipe for Summer Veggie Paella:
4 cups chicken stock
1 pinch saffron
5 sprigs thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow squash cut into 1/4″ coins
1 small zucchini cut into 1/4″ coins
1/2 eggplant cut into 1/4″ coins
1 oz dried chorizo finely chopped
1/2 onion finely chopped …read more
In many parts of the country, July is when farms are ramping up production, and farmer’s markets are full of all the beautiful produce winter dreams are made of. What better month than to take the Veg Out! 30 ways in 30 days challenge? Our focus this month is on small farms – so register online & download our app, visit your local farm, and start tracking! We’ll be vegging out as well, and you can follow us on Instagram & Facebook to see what we’re eating, cooking, and where we’re going. We’re lucky enough to have Hope Farms as part of our foundation, where we can get produce every Saturday morning (and you can too, if you’re in Houston!). For those of you not in our city, we’ve got a list of helpful informational sites to visit, more information on Hope Farms, and a feature on one of our favorite Houstonians.
In the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, we’re growing a 7 acre farm, with the goal of delivering fresh produce to the neighborhood, which is a food desert, at an affordable price. We do this at our Saturday morning Farm Stand, which is open from 9-noon every week, and is located on the farm, at 10401 Scott Street. We also have a weekly Farm Share, where freshly picked produce is delivered to those who live inside the loop. To find out more about it, and our veteran training program, visit http://hopefarmshtx.org.
#VegOut Spotlight: Marcia Smart Marcia has been a long supporter of Recipe For Success and our work in the schools, often coming out to talk & demo in our classrooms. We were delighted when she decided to run a fundraiser during this #vegout2018 month! She’s hoping to raise enough money to provide Reynolds Elementary, which is just a few blocks away from Hope Farms with our Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ program. You can contribute to her fundraiser here.
Recipe for Success Foundation has a national presence, but with our roots in Houston, we have to give a special shout out to some of the local spots that make it so easy for our #VegOut2018 challengers to get the variety of veggies they need to successfully eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days. If you’re local, check out some of our favorite stores and restaurants:
Head to Peppertree at lunchtime and you can treat yourself to their heaping buffet of fresh vegetables and other vegetarian options. I headed there for lunch the other day and had eaten 13 different veggies by the time I left!
Sprouts, located in the Heights, not only has an unbelievable variety of veggies, but has excellent pricing to keep your #VegOut2018 challenge fun and affordable. Purple cauliflower, multicolored carrots and veggies you’ve never even heard of are all around you at Sprouts.
Some of the most delicious smoothies in Houston are at Juice Land, and most of them have at least two veggies like spinach, kale, carrots and beets in them. Slurp one up at any of their Houston locations.
If you’re taking or plan on taking the #VegOut2018 challenge, you already know that veggies are “good” for you. But do you know just how good they are, and how our challenge can help you build healthier habits for life? Here’s what we’re talking about:
Veggies fill you up.
It’s no wonder so many of us feel hungry all the time. We’re eating so many processed foods and never seem to have that “full” feeling afterward because all of the sugar in the foods we’re eating leaves us wanting more. Vegetables have the opposite effect, and if you keep in mind that each plate should be half filled with veggies, you’ll walk away from your meals feeling fuller and more satisfied.
Eating veggies in childhood leads to eating veggies in adulthood. Start building good habits now.
When kids are introduced to vegetables and their varieties and benefits, they carry these lessons with them into adulthood and remain mindful of eating vegetables as often as possible. Start building healthy habits with children by teaching them about the foods they’re eating and making the journey fun (taking the #VegOut2018 challenge, for example!)
Vegetables are full of vitamins and might seriously make you happier.
In fact, happiness is a short-term side effect of eating veggies, which means that while increased health occurs over a longer period of time, happiness can increase much more quickly once one makes a habit of eating veggies. Don’t believe us? Check out this article!
Vegetables are complex carbs (the good kind)
Our society has falsely labeled carbs as the route of all evil, but not all carbs are bad. The complex carbs, like the ones found in vegetables, are actually really, really good for you. Eat ’em up!
Folic Acid in vegetables helps form healthy red blood cells which may support healthy pregnancy.
Most prenatal vitamins contain folic acid for this reason. Get an extra boost by eating your veggies with every meal.
A diet rich in vegetables may help prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer and type-2 diabetes.
Vegetables have been linked to a reduction in risk for so many harmful diseases. Good healthcare begins with prevention, and eating your vegetables is a great way to start.
Earth day is right around the corner, and in celebration of our favorite holiday, we’ll be encouraging you, your friends and colleagues to take the #VegOut2018 challenge all April long. Get started now by heading to the farmer’s market and preparing some of your favorite recipes from our website. If you’re not already registered to take the challenge, there’s no time like the present! Just click “sign up” in the upper right hand corner.
Why #VegOut? Did you know that most Americans only eat half of the veggies they need each day, and that the ones they do eat are loaded up with salts and sugars? When we pay attention to consuming a variety of different vegetables, we find that we are able to increase our health just make making one tiny mindful change in the way we look at each meal we consume. We are creating a healthier world, one vegetable at a time!
By vegging out with us, you’re committing to eating 30 different vegetables in 30 days. We hope you’ll use our veggie tracker to track your veg and keep your friends posted on what you’ve got going on by sharing your veggie adventures on social media using the hashtag #VegOut2018. Each time you post, you’re bringing awareness to the challenge, to our foundation, and to our crucial mission to build a healthier world for our children and for all of us.