Ingleside at Rock Creek Blog
Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015
Veggies and fruits and cheeses, oh my! Let’s eat fresh!
Nutrition Care Manager Meghan Sylvester puts together the market, which has been going on since spring. Sylvester gets a weekly report from local farms and orders from that list.
“I order only local produce through our produce vendor—whatever they have available,” Sylvester says. “I pick up fresh, local breads from a bakery right near my house.”
This season, residents have been able to use their dining dollars to pay for goods at the farmer’s market, and that’s been fun and helpful, she says.
“Many of our residents do not cook, and some no longer drive, but they all appreciate delicious and nutritious produce,” Sylvester says. “People remember having gardens of their own, and they know the familiar taste of homegrown fruits and vegetables.”
Local food also benefits the environment, since it hasn’t had to travel on a truck or plane to get to you.
When you buy local produce, you’re also supporting local famers and producers and helping to ensure they will still be here in the future.
And when have you ever eaten a supermarket tomato that tasted as good as one that came directly from a local farm? That rosy, ripe tomato may be healthier than its supermarket cousin as well. The local tomato likely was picked closer to the time you bought it, so it’s likely it has retained more nutrients and hasn’t sat in a warehouse.
“Farmer’s markets are so popular because it’s a healthy and green option to eat local,” Sylvester says.
Presenting the monthly farmer’s market is one way Ingleside at Rock Creek engages with and supports the local community. And Sylvester takes the same care planning meals that residents enjoy every day.
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