Ep. 14 - How to eat local in the winter

Kelly Merrick, Communications Manager at Portland Farmers Market, shares lots of suggestions for how to eat locally in the winter. We also discuss:

  • How excited farmers at the market are to tell you about their farm, and how they love getting questions. Don't be afraid to ask!
  • Longer storage options for winter veggies... here are a few resources for minimizing food waste at home: The Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge and Waste Free Kitchen
  • Cooking demos and classes at the summer markets that help folks learn new ways to make whatever is in season

What is Kelly's top tip for eating healthfully and supporting your community and environment? Get the next generation eating locally by taking your kids to the farmers market. The produce tastes better when it's fresh and in season, and if they eat more fruits and veggies, you probably will too!

Find dates and times for both winter and summer markets here, sign up for PFM's email newsletter here, and check out their cookbook for seasonal recipes all year long. You can also follow Portland Farmers Market on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Ep. 8 - How to afford a CSA share with Love Farm Organics

Amy Love and Kips Bichsel from Love Farm Organics share incredible insight in this episode on:

  • How the Double Up Food Bucks Program allows SNAP members to buy a CSA share for 36% off AND pay monthly vs up front
  • How Love Farm Organic's CSA pickup host program can allow anyone to receive deep discounts on CSA shares... depending on where you live or how many friends you can recruit :)
  • Some of the reasons farms may not be certified organic, despite using the same growing practices
  • How adding more variety (or more "chaos") to a farm can prevent pests and disease

I hope you'll listen, AND share this episode with anyone you know who is a SNAP member or who is struggling to afford local, organic produce!

What do Amy and Kips think is the ONE thing you can do to improve your eating or food purchasing habits to benefit their health, the environment, and our community? Other than join a CSA program... of course! ;)

Amy - Teach yourself how to cook. Cooking is a lost art, and so many folks say a barrier to doing a CSA program is being able to cook all the veggies. 

Kips - Talk to a farm. Learn about their worldview, their challenges, and how they see the consumer. It will help you understand food production and it will help change our whole food production model.

Learn more about Love Farm Organics and sign up for their CSA program (January - April) on their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Ep. 5 - Land Immunity through Soil Health with Laura Masterson from 47th Ave Farm

In today's show, Laura Masterson from 47th Ave Farm and I talk about soil health, how CSA programs connect community members, and the wonderful possibilities of winter vegetable farming in Portland. 47th Ave Farm feeds over 400 families / year with their summer and winter vegetable CSA programs. 

What does Laura think is the ONE thing you can do to improve your eating or food purchasing habits to benefit their health, the environment, and our community? It may be an easy one to guess :) Join your local CSA. She loves hearing stories of CSA members whose kids learn to like vegetables, who need to switch up from a half share to a full share, and all sorts of other ways these programs change members' health and connection to food.

You can find the 47th Ave Farm CSA program registration here - they offer pickups in the Woodstock neighborhood in SE Portland and in Lake Oswego. They are also on Facebook and Instagram. Laura graciously asked me to share this for folks who can't make it to these pickup sites: the Portland CSA Coalition is a resource to find all the CSA programs with pickups near you.

Ep. 1 - Feeding a Village with Heart 2 Heart Farms

For the first episode of The Portland Eats Podcast, I interview Tyler and Liz Boggs from Heart 2 Heart Farms in Sherwood, Oregon. Heart 2 Heart Farms sells meat, eggs, raw dairy, and vegetables through their CSA program, offers work trade options, and hosts a daily food pantry. What do Tyler and Liz think is the ONE thing you can do to improve your eating or food purchasing habits to benefit their health, the environment, and our community?

Tyler: Get your hands in the dirt! Find a local farm that will allow you to volunteer or work trade.

Liz: Decide to invest in your health. Make it a priority!

You can find Heart 2 Heart Farms online at https://www.heart2heartfarms.com/. Contact them to set up an appointment to visit the farm, learn more about becoming a CSA member or a work trader, or take a class at the farm. You can also follow them on Facebook.