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Virginia Fair Trade Coffee Roasters

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / November 13,2018

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Coffee with a conscience
Introducing the newest artisan in your home-delivered farmers market

Want to feel good about your cup o’ joe? Make sure it’s sustainably and responsibly sourced. One way to do that is to look for the certified fair trade label. Fair trade coffee means the coffee beans were sustainably grown by small-scale family farmers who got a fair deal.

Another way to make sure it’s responsibly and sustainably sourced is to know your coffee roaster…

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Introducing plant-based cheese & butter

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / November 6,2018

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Introducing plant-based cheeses & butter
You don’t have to be vegan or lactose intolerant to love UNMOO!

Unmoo is a new Richmond company making plant-based cheeses and butter that our Farmer Connector Sam has declared to be, “Amazing!” These artisan cheeses made from the milk of cashews and coconuts have their own unique flavors that people who can’t eat dairy will be grateful for… and the rest of us will want to add to our pizza-, cracker-, sandwich-, and bagel-topping repertoire.

Josh is the man behind it all. Josh loves eggnog. And cheese. And butter. But those dairy products don’t love Josh. Like a lot of lactose intolerant people, the Richmonder can’t eat dairy without suffering…

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Don’t throw away that Halloween pumpkin

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / October 31,2018

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Don’t throw away that Halloween pumpkin!
It can still dish out these 5 ticks & treats

Is there a jack o’lantern sitting by your door? If the nearest cat is less enthusiastic about its fashion potential than the kitty pictured here, we’ve got 5 other things you can do with it after the trick-or-treaters are gone.

1. TURN IT INTO PUMPKIN PUREE: Puree is incredibly versatile. Use it to make pumpkin muffins, breads, soups, even Thanksgiving…

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7 Ways I help my kids eat veggies (and fruits)

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / October 24,2018

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7 WAYS I HELP MY KIDS EAT VEGGIES (AND FRUITS)
by Morgan, veggie fairy & neighborhood Market Manager in Virginia Beach

In my five years of motherhood, children and vegetable eating have definitely been an unsolved mystery to me. It’s like it’s in their DNA to rebel against at least some vegetables at some age. Just like most parents I know, I want my kids to be healthy and have balanced nutrition. But sometimes it’s a struggle to get those greens in them. So here’s a quick summary of my best tips, tricks, and suggestions to help kids eat veggies, with or without their knowledge – details and examples are on the Veggie Fairy Blog!
1. Let them unpack the box.
2. Get a Mother’s Helper stool.
3. Let them experiment.
4. Give them a mission.
5. Chocolate chips are a parent’s friend. (Learn how…

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When local produce is fresh, kids love veggies!

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / October 17,2018

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WHEN VEGGIES ARE FRESH, KIDS LOVE VEGGIES!
A conversation with Jamila,our Veggie Fairy Godmother & mother of four

THE VEGGIE FAIRIES: Our fruits and veggies have more nutrition and taste because they’re fresh off the farm, from Dirt to Doorstep®. In the time since you joined the Seasonal Roots family, have you noticed any difference in the way your kids eat?

JAMILA: I’ve noticed my kids are more willing to try interesting looking fruits and vegetables. They’ve even started asking for fruits and vegetables in season. When it gets closer to summer, they start asking for strawberries. Then come blueberries, and after we get through peaches, they’re asking for apples in the fall, like now.

THE VEGGIE FAIRIES: Have there been any surprises along the way?

JAMILA: They’ve taught me there is no food that’s just for kids or just for adults. They’ve shown me that they’re willing to eat flavors I never thought they would, like kohlrabi. The way they go through grape tomatoes is …

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Home delivered farmers market: a peek behind the scenes

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / October 10,2018

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TAKE A PEAK BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE HUB
Here’s how your order gets from the farm to your door

Our local farmers and food artisans deliver to the Hub on Monday. As soon as the food arrives, it goes straight into our two big coolers – 3,500 square feet of refrigerated space.

One cooler stays at 50 degrees for tomatoes, which don’t like to be too cold in order to max out their flavor… as well as hardy vegetables and fruits that don’t need to be too cold, like potatoes and apples. The other cooler stays at 41 degrees for greens, berries, and the like.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we set up the conveyor, get out the boxes, pull on our woolen undies, and line up along the conveyor to pack the orders right there in the coolers.
Okay, so most of us don’t wear woolen undies. Or even own them. But hoodies, wool caps, and scarves…

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Open house for home delivered local food

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / October 3,2018

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OPEN HOUSE FOR HOME DELIVERED LOCAL FOOD
If you missed it, visit the Veggie Fairy Blog for a virtual tour of the hub

Saturday was a gorgeous day for an Open House! More than a hundred people stopped by the Hub in Richmond where we pack up your weekly orders. They talked about local food, sampled it, and peeked behind the scenes at how it gets from the farm to you. The smaller ones among us dove into a corn-filled kiddie pool, which hid a whole herd of plastic animals.
We sure appreciated the farmers who took a break from their chores to come hang out with us! They included Ralph from CATTLE RUN …

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JOIN US AT OUR OPEN HOUSE!

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / September 26,2018

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Open House this Saturday
at the Seasonal Roots Hub

Sept. 29 ~ 1:00-5:00 PM
3413 Carlton Street, Richmond VA 23230

Come hang out with your fellow members
and meet some of the people behind
your local food, folks like:

Zee of FOSTER’S CATERING
She’s baking up a plethora of muffin tops for sampling,
and a Seasonal Roots cake for celebrating!

Cristian of FLORES FARM
Ask him your farming questions, and…

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Cattle Run Farm veteran-owned grassfed farm

Veteran-owned grassfed farm is good for America

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / September 19,2018

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An All-American Grassfed Farm
From the army to the farm, this veteran continues to serve

After five deployments and 21 years in the Army, 1st Sergeant Ralph M retired in 2017. He returned home to Ruckersville, Va., to help his father with the 175-acre family farm. But his dad’s health was failing, and just two months later he passed away.

Since then Ralph has continued the family’s farming tradition, the third generation to work the land and raise cattle on Cattle Run Farm.

Ralph is also committed to teaching the next generation…

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New Fall season, new super foods

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / September 12,2018

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New Fall season, new super foods
12 Fall super foods to watch for

We’re getting a reminder this week that hurricane season runs from June to November. This time of year, the high drama of that weather phenom season can distract us from the transition in harvest seasons, from summer to fall.

Yeah, we veggie fairies are sad to see the summer extravaganza come to an end. But fall is so busy that we’re really looking forward to all of the season’s delicious local comfort foods. Plus many are superfood nutritional powerhouses…

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