Yes, you can buy the good stuff at local farmers markets and specialty stores, but did you know that—OMG, really!—you can find it at Walmart, too! The chains, like Safeway and City Market, have entire sections devoted to locally-grown, healthy foods.
Well OK, you say, but I still want my junk food—those fast snacks with a crunch and a big fizzy drink. And, you can have them. Did you know there’s a brand called ‘Food Should Taste Good’? Try their sweet potato chips. Looking for salty? Read the label, buy the one that says ‘sea salt’, and you’re on the right track. Carbonated drinks (that would be salt, again), can be enjoyed in moderation, but look for naturally sweetened, rather than ‘diet’ or ‘sugar-free’ which translates into a chemically-treated beverage. When in doubt, drink water. And no, it doesn’t have to come in a plastic bottle or have a ‘designer’ label. Plain old H2O from the tap is still your best beverage bet.
Cooking, eating, serving, and sharing food is an important social exercise. It’s a community endeavor. From time immemorial, families and friends have gathered to share a meal.
Friendships are forged over food. Business deals concluded. Food is a celebrant activity. Think weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, company parties and picnics.
Best of all, if you don’t want to cook it, you can cater it, or enjoy eating out at our many restaurants which serve good food that tastes good and is good for you. Most of them also have take-out, so there’s no excuse for missing a good meal.
If you do want to prepare your own, we have farmers markets all summer long, and a couple ‘indoor’ markets all year long. You can also buy your protein directly from the source, like Kinikin. (They also serve sandwiches.)
Some establishments, like Spring Creek Chalet assisted living, have extensive gardens, grow their own produce, and even make honey from their own beehives. Home gardens are popular here, too. So, ‘farm to table’ or ‘ranch to fork’ needn’t be any more difficult than going to the farmers market, or plucking some kale from your own garden. But it’s still fun to go out with friends and experience the great food, with the ‘farm to table’ label, our local restaurants serve.