By: Loris Sofia Gregory, Healthy Kitchen Coach, Apple Valley, MN
Welcome to the first month of autumn, bringing to fruition the growth of spring and summer and the harvesting of nature’s gifts before a long winter’s rest. It’s also a time for us to reap the benefits of efforts and energy put into our health, our relationships and projects over the last few months. We can still savor our last bites of garden-fresh sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon but we feel a change in the air and notice new FRESH & LOCAL at Valley Natural Foods. Be greeted at our door with a cornucopia of hearty winter squashes and pumpkins. Explore further for more healthy whole food this month, including an autumnal rainbow of apples, beets, parsnips, potatoes and onions, with more earthy bounty to come. Autumn is the time to prepare for more nesting at home, including drying, freezing and canning FRESH & LOCAL vegetables and fruits, stocking up wood and fuel for our hearths and bringing our warmer clothes out of hiding. READ MORE
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FREE FRIDAY FILM: FORKS OVER KNIVES, September 14: 6-8 p.m. Led by the personal journeys of pioneering researchers Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, this film follows “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach their patients how to enjoy a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments, as the film reveals their challenges and triumphs. Free but please register in advance.
FRESH & LOCAL FLAVORS OF AUTUMN, Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $27 members / $30 nonmembers. Be confident and inspired in choosing, preparing and seasoning the FRESH & LOCAL flavors of autumnal vegetables and fruits. Enjoy an interactive produce tour, hear about our local farm partners for September and October, and learn the benefits of earth-friendly seasonal eating. I will demo easy preparation and cooking techniques paired with Frontier herbs and spices. This class includes demos, tasting and recipes for Polenta Pizza with Roasted Root Vegetables and Baked Stuffed Apples, plus additional seasonal recipes. Please register by Friday Noon, September 14. Use coupon code #5130 for $3 off online registration.