Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Harvest Time!

Blame it on our fast paced lifestyle... no time to make a meal... spend time with family and friends... or do much else for yourself.

The Slow Food movement puts the focus back on nutrient rich foods created to fuel your body so you feel better. It gives you a great reason to get together with friends and family and enjoy something you cooked up.

Pamela and Hank Sindlinger, owners of Gateway Organic Farm in Pinellas County are starting a Tampa Bay chapter of the Slow Food movement.

I met them a few years ago when they decided to transition a landscaping company into an organic farm in Pinellas County. They are also raising their wonderful grandkids so the farm provided the perfect place for them to balance both.

If you've always wanted to pay closer attention to your health (you are what you eat--think about what you ate this past week), swap easy recipes and learn more about locally grown, organic food, head to Gateway Organic Farm Sunday, November 22 at 4:00.

Read more stories and check out recipes on Heather's Natural Health

Bring your favorite potluck dish, chair and plate. They'll talk about starting the new, Slow Food chapter and watch "Fresh, The Movie."

Every Saturday, they have an open house from 9am-12 so you can meet the farmers, check out the produce and learn more about becoming a member.

I've been a member of Sweetwater Organic Community Farm in Tampa for several years. 
It's an inexpensive, easy way to buy the freshest, organic produce that is picked the same day I bring it home.
Take a look at labels on produce in the grocery store. You might be surprised to find oranges from South Africa, tomatoes from Canada or Mexico and garlic from China.
Most of our produce travels 1500 to 2,000 miles to get here.

Trust me, locally grown organic produce makes you want to eat more veggies!