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Eat Better Live Better / Feb 22-23

A TRIBE CALLED SEASONAL ROOTS: OUR SHARED VALUES
By Kristin Henderson, chief veggie conversationalist

Sure, everyone likes the way Seasonal Roots makes fresh, local food convenient and affordable. But there’s so much more to it than that. When each of us got involved in Seasonal Roots, we became part of something larger than our individual selves. We joined forces with people who share some of the same values.

What are those values? Whether farmer, food artisan, or member:

We’re caring for our families by bringing them together around nutritious, delicious meals…

Read more below or view as a PDF with clickable links. Recipes, tips, hacks, specials, and feature stories to help you eat better live better with sustainable local food in every issue of our newsletter!

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Eat Better Live Better / Feb 8-9

COOKED GRAPEFRUIT?! TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE UP TO IN THE KITCHEN!
Seasonal Roots member Kristen shared a kid-friendly recipe with us on Facebook that involves a broiler and grapefruit. Krista, another member, shared a recipe for carb loading the right way, with sweet potato hash brown patties. Krista wrote: “These were and continue to be a big hit, I’ve made them with the Kennebec potatoes too!” Do you have a great recipe that uses our local food? Send it our way and EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER!

Read more below or view as a PDF with clickable links.

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Eat Better Live Better / Feb 1-2

WHERE DO YOUR EGGS AND MEAT COME FROM?
And why are ours so much better?

In 2009 Keith Farrish noticed that, while many things in life made him happy, few compared to driving his tractor. After 20 years in the buttoned-up business world, Keith and his wife Wendy started SADDLE RIDGE FARM.

It’s a small family farm near Culpeper, Va., where they raise chickens, pigs, and cows in open pasture. Their goal is to maintain and improve the mental and physical health of the families who eat what they raise. So they take care of their land and animals in a sustainable way that predates newer, “modern” farming practices…

Read more below or view as a PDF with clickable links.

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Eat Better Live Better / Jan 25-26

RECIPES, FOOD TIPS, AND MORE!

First up — this is why we’re the best farmers market in Virginia:
7 WAYS OUR LOCAL FOOD WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Seven ways to eat better live better!

1. Convenient home delivery = a total time saver! All those perishables that have to be restocked the most often? We bring them right to your home or office. That equals fewer shopping trips.

2. Vetted farmers market fare = peace of mind. We know our family farmers, we know their produce and food items come from right here, and we know they rely on healthy, sustainable practices and treat their animals humanely. At a traditional market, you’re on your own, and it’s hard to know who to trust.

3. Guaranteed freshness = good taste and good health. We can guarantee it because everything is local or regional, harvested and delivered in a short period of time, and still packed with flavor and nutrients.

4. Dedicated customer service = more serenity, less aggravation. If there’s ever an issue, just email support@seasonalroots.com or call 757-351-4565 and we’ll make it right. Meanwhile, at other markets, there’s no one to help you between market days.

5. More variety = less boredom, a more balanced diet, and a healthier eco-system. Whew! This is a big one. We partner with dozens of small family farms and food artisans, all growing and making different things. Whether you customize your basket or opt for the default, you’ll experience 7 kinds of sweet potatoes, 4 kinds of kale – hey, have you ever tried creamline whole milk? The list goes on and on. And our farmers’ sustainable practices include growing a wide variety of crops. Much better for the soil and the local eco-system than monocropping.

6. Reliable staples = save your energy for the exotic stuff. Every week you can count on us for your fruit, veggies, bread, cheese, eggs, milk, meats, and other basics, all of them fresh!

7. A team that loves what they do = more joy for everyone! Studies show that happiness and good health are closely connected. Smiles are contagious, so we pass ‘em on!

Read the rest of the newsletter below or view as a PDF.

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EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER / Jan 18-19

TROPICAL FRUIT IN VIRGINIA?!! — Tropical fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, as pirates and other seafarers discovered when they got scurvy! But citrus doesn’t grow in Virginia. So as part of our commitment to eat food from the closest farms possible, we’re partnering with V&B Farms in Florida. Coming from nearby in our region, V&B’s tropical produce will travel far less than produce from California or Central and South America. That means it’s fresher, riper, tastier, and still packed with nutrients. And it’s better for the environment, since less travel equals less pollution. The farmers behind V&B are Tommy Vick and Brandon Boyd, who have known each other since they were in diapers…

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Eat Better Live Better
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THE DIRT for Dec 21-22

YOU DID IT: FARM FUNDRAISER TOPS $1,000!!! — Last January, one of our farm families in Varina, Va., suffered a deva-stating loss: Their large greenhouse collapsed in a storm of wind, snow, and ice. Charlie and Gina Collins, who own Victory Farms, were hoping to rebuild. But as this winter approached, they still hadn’t been able to make it happen. Supporting local farmers who use sustainable practices to feed our families is what Seasonal Roots is all about…

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THE DIRT for Dec 14-15

YOUR WEEKLY SUPPLY OF THE BEST MILK STARTS HERE — We knew we’d found the right dairy partner when we found Trickling Springs Creamery. It was started in 2001 by two friends who wanted to create fresh, great-tasting dairy products while promoting local farmers doing an excellent job with their farms – just like Seasonal Roots has been doing with our produce farmers…

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THE DIRT for DEC 7-8

TIRED OF THROWING AWAY UNEATEN VEGGIES? — So, do your fresh, local fruits and vegetables sometimes sit around for so long they wind up looking like this?
As you throw them away, do you feel like you’re throwing away your money?
Our Seasonal Roots Veggie Fairies (a.k.a. everyone who brings you your fresh, local produce) are out to put an end to bummers like this…

Read more below or view as a PDF.

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