Community Eating Farm to Fork
While trying to simplify and make chores and life more streamlined, modern technology has also, unfortunately, helped cut the ties that kept us close to the land and close to our communities. “Farm-to-Fork” hasn’t always been a cute concept for a dinner, it used to be the only option. In an effort to live more simply and healthfully, we need to go back to the land and celebrate the delicious food options it gives us, ditching the processed mock food, and embracing the bounty of the land with our local communities. Eating farm to fork also has SO many benefits, not only for your body but also for your community.
Eating items that come straight from the source like all of the produce, meat, dairy, and eggs you can get from Woodside Farms' Farm Stands, is actually filled with more nutrients than most of the food you’re able to find at your local supermarket. This is mostly due to the fact that buying food locally allows it to be grown and harvested with peak ripeness in mind. When produce needs to be flown in and stored before purchase, it’s often picked well before it’s actually ripe. It then sits around in storage and begins to lose a lot of its potent health-giving chemical structures. Likewise, livestock that is raised and slaughtered locally tends to be associated with a farmer who has a direct relationship with the processors. This allows them to oversee and guarantee quality. Perdue or Tyson aren’t able to do that. Eating a farm to fork lifestyle also pretty much guarantees the removal of processed food items from your diet. Processed food items are linked to the majority of chronic diseases currently plaguing the U.S. and other highly industrialized nations. When we take the time to eat real food and not too much of it, we’re investing in a relationship with food that will sustain us healthfully for the rest of our lives.