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Fresh and Local – Farm to Table

It is August, and Farmer’s Market season is in full swing! When you sit down to a delicious meal do you ever think about where the food on your plate was grown? Or who picked that beautiful Red Delicious apple? Today, chefs and consumers alike are putting thought into the sourcing of their food; choosing to rely on the bounty of local farmers. Eating farm to table is more than just a culinary trend; it is a movement that fosters a healthier lifestyle and environment. Throughout the country, chefs are showing their commitment to sustainability and nutrition by offering dishes that have been prepared with local produce, meat, seafood, grains, and dairy. Read below to learn the benefits of eating local and how you can bring the farm to your own table.

  1. Flavorful – As opposed to mass produced fruits and vegetables, local, farm grown produce is much more flavorful. Grown in rich soil and picked at the peak of their ripeness, fruits and vegetables grown locally often taste sweeter and more vibrant.
  2. Nutritious – Once produce is picked, the vitamins and minerals they contain start to break down rapidly. A vegetable’s days-long trip across country to the grocery store and finally onto your plate means a loss of essential nutrients such as potassium and vitamins amongst others.
  3. Seasonal – The availability of produce depends on the season and geographical location. Buying from farmers is a great way to keep menus and flavors fresh and varied. It’s also a great way to get creative in the kitchen and try new foods!
  4. Environmentally Friendly – Eating farm to table drastically reduces the carbon footprint left in the wake of transporting food by plane of tractor trailer. On average, 500 gallons of fuel is needed to cart produce 1500 miles! Supporting local farms also allows more green spaces and farmland to remain in communities.
  5. Economy Boosting – By purchasing locally, farms in the community are able to remain economically viable. When selling directly to the consumer, farmers retain more of their profits and are able to employ others within in the community.

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and farmer’s markets are a great way to purchase from local farms. CSAs allow members to buy a share of the farmer’s harvest before the growing season and then receive regular distributions of the bounty. Farmer’s markets are one of the oldest and most social ways to support your local farms and engage with members of your community. Check for a list of CSAs and farmer’s markets in your local area to reap all of the benefits.

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  • August 5, 2019

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“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“Thank you so very much for the AMAZING dinner you provided for the President, Dean and Jim & Marilyn Simons. They really enjoyed it!! It was perfectly thought out and delicious. Your expertise and impeccable presentation and taste were truly appreciated!”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

“I just wanted to express my thanks and give two thumbs up for the updates to our lunch menu. My selections have been quite tasty—corned beef Reuben, jambalaya—and I appreciate that, too! I am looking forward to trying some new items in the coming weeks. Keep up the good work!”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

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