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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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summer superfoods

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

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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Cooking with kids Tip #3

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / August 1,2018

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COOKING WITH KIDS TIP #3
SET KITCHEN GROUND RULES

Third in a 4-part series

By Jamila, Seasonal Roots’ Veggie Fairy Godmother

Kids love to taste things and will often gobble ingredients without considering food safety. Before getting started on any cooking project when you’re cooking with kids, set some kitchen ground rules.

•Discuss ways to keep themselves safe around hot elements and sharp tools.
•Also request that they ask before tasting ingredients.
•Designate a bowl that is specifically for samples and drop something in there from time to time. A “tasting bowl” gives kids an opportunity to explore without worry.

This week’s challenge: Dicing! Use a variety of fresh, local root veggies to make a kid-pleasing dish ...

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Cooking with kids Tip #2

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / July 25,2018

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COOKING WITH KIDS TIP #2
LET THEM DO THE HARD THINGS

Second in a 4-part series

By Jamila, Seasonal Roots’ Veggie Fairy Godmother

Knives are important culinary tools, even when you’re cooking with kids. Instead of limiting your child’s involvement in the kitchen, teach them how to responsibly handle sharps and other tools.

Expectations should be reasonable and based on age, but kids are capable of more than stirring bowls and pushing buttons.

Let them cut vegetables, flip pancakes, and stir sauces. If they are strong and confident enough, let them add and remove things from the oven.

This week’s challenge: Chopping! Use a knife small enough for them to handle safely...

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Cooking with kids

EAT BETTER LIVE BETTER NEWSLETTER / July 18,2018

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COOKING WITH KIDS
SCHOOL'S OUT - TIME FOR FUN PROJECTS IN THE KITCHEN
First in a 4-part series
By Jamila, Seasonal Roots’ Veggie Fairy Godmother

Confession: I love to cook. I HATE cooking with my kids. I have four of them, and every adventure that begins in the kitchen ends in a mess. A big one. They eat half of what I’m preparing and poke holes in the rest. Boredom is inevitable, which leads to wandering during tasks, or frustration. It’s borderline terrible, but in my eyes, it’s absolutely necessary.

Learning to cook is an important life skill and will empower kids to make wise food choices. Time in the kitchen is also an opportunity to model practical applications of math, reading, and following instructions. It helps my girls hone fine motor skills, explore food science, and practice the art of patience. Cooking with kids is important, even if it drives me crazy...

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