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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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Asian pear apple crisp fall superfoods

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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YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR OPEN HOUSE!

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / September 5,2018

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YOU’RE INVITED
For an afternoon of food, fun & fairies!!

OPEN HOUSE
at the
SEASONAL ROOTS HUB

September 15 1:00 – 5:00 PM

3413 Carlton Street
Richmond VA 23230

Our Hub has expanded and we’d love to show you around:
– Peek behind the scenes and see where the packing magic happens
– Meet farmers and veggie fairies
– Enjoy kids’ activities
– Chow down on fresh local potluck … becuase it’s all about the food…

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Back-to-school time is slow cooker time

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / August 29,2018

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME IS SLOW COOKER TIME
In this season of “too muchness”, it can help you find “just rightness”

Summer’s end is a time of “too muchness” – too much back-to-school busy-ness, too much running around with groups, clubs, and committees restarting after the summer lull, too much local food to cook – and not enough time to get it all done.

This is the time to plug in your slow cooker and enjoy “just rightness”. A slow cooker gives you control and convenience. Throw in the ingredients, set the heat and cooking time, then walk away and forget about it for hours… without burning down the house.

When you come back at the end of another crazy day…

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Meal planning for back-to-school

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / August 22,2018

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MEAL PLANNING FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL
Actually, it’s great for any kind of back-to-busy!

After the summer, everything starts back up again, which can leave you grabbing whatever’s convenient to eat on the run. That can be hard on your body and your budget.

Whether it’s back-to-school at your house or back-to-busy (or both), meal planning can keep you eating healthy. So, knowing how busy you are, we’ve put together a quick 4-step meal planning how-to:

1. Throw away the rules (not the fresh veggies): Find a plan that works for your family. Chances are, prefab plans will not fit your life perfectly, and…

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5 Summer superfoods to boost health

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / August 15,2018

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5 SUMMER SUPERFOODS TO BOOST HEALTH
HOW THEY DO IT, PLUS RECIPE IDEAS

Summer is Mother Nature’s blockbuster season! There are dozens of summer superfoods, but here are 5 rock stars that are being harvested right now in Virginia, like these peaches from Saunders Brothers. For recipe ideas, go online to the Veggie Fairy Blog, which includes links to delicious, do-able recipes for not just 5, but 11 summer superfoods, along with all their health benefits.

Eggplant: The anthocyanins in it protect heart health. Its nasunin …

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Cooking with kids Tip #4

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / August 8,2018

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COOKING WITH KIDS TIP #4
USE COMMON SENSE, THEN CLEAN UP & CELEBRATE

Last in a 4-part series

By Jamila, Seasonal Roots’ Veggie Fairy Godmother

Common sense is key when you’re cooking with kids. While it’s important to give children challenging, meaningful tasks, it’s equally important to make sure those tasks are appropriate for their ability.

Appropriate tasks build confidence and character, and will ultimately be a rewarding experience for everyone. Not to mention, your little ones will actually help you… not just “help” you…

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