A useful and inspiring guide to eating healthy, natural foods… By Katie Panamarenko
“Envision a world in which all people eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.” The national organization, Slow Foods, has made this their main mission (www.slowfoodusa.org). Recently Higher Grounds Café hosted a gathering of the local Slow Foods chapter which included a homegrown tomato tasting contest, dehydrating demo and additional tasty topics. It was a great gathering of folks with a common consciousness to eat locally and/or sustainably and it brought members of the community together as well!
The Garden State’s Jersey Fresh produce gives our chapter more than enough to munch on and is a guaranteed perk for locals and visitors as well. For information on getting involved with the local Slow Foods movement e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buying local produce during peak seasons is extremely “green.” It is averaged out that a meal travels about 1500 miles before it hits our plates (www.cuesa.org). West Cape May is blessed with our own Farmers’ Market every Tuesday during the summer months, when local farmers, purveyors, families, friends and musicians gather for some community quality time and to find the farmers’ picks of the week. If you can’t make it to the market some other local farm stands include:
No Frills Farm 1028 Seashore Road, Cape May
Legates Farm Market 3400 Bayshore Road, Cape May
Rea’s Farm Market 400 Stevens Street, West Cape May
Lehner Farms and Nursery 175 South Route 47, Green Creek
Marlboro Farm Market Route 47 N, Goshen
Myers Farms 425 Route 47 N, Goshen
My personal favorite and distributor for Higher Grounds is Jah’s Creation, Egg Harbor (Certified Organic!).
This information can be found at www.state.nj.us/jerseyfresh along with a harvest availability chart for what produce is in season and much more. Listed here is produce that is due to hit the stands soon if they haven’t already:
Cabbage /June –Oct
Peppers /July- Oct
While organic is an important standard to maintain, there is nothing quite better than stopping down at the local stand and picking you favorite produce grown only miles from your front door! Enjoy it while it lasts!!