Last Saturday was the inaugural Food Revolution Day. Across the globe, more than 600 cities hosted events celebrating Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution — his quest to empower individuals, groups, and schools to engage in real food education to help put a stop to childhood obesity and other food-related illnesses.
While my family didn’t attend any organized events, I decided to participate in the spirit of the day and invest in our own celebration.
My family is lucky to live close to several farmers markets. The Beaverton Farmers Market is my favorite: it’s large, close by, and during hot summer days the kids can play in the water fountain while we feast on some farmers market treats.
In addition to the abundance of locally grown, fresh farm produce & meat, there are always tons of local restaurant, coffee, and bakery stands, and beautiful plants and flowers from nearby farms and nurseries.
One of the things I love most about farmers markets is the chance to be introduced to a new local business. On this trip, I was introduced to the Happy Cup Coffee Company. Super nice people with a mission: to employ some of Portland’s developmentally disabled adults and provide them with a safe and productive working environment and a competitive wage.
With dark roast names like Flying Unicorn you know the Happy Cup Coffee Company is a Portland-based business through and through: full of heart and soul, with a touch of funky edge to it. Love it. Oh, and the coffee? Top notch.
Lately, I’ve been on a mission of my own, albeit a selfish one lead by my tastebuds: find a delicious, reasonably priced almond butter. Oh man, do I love almond butter. And oh did I find my new love on this farmers market trip! I taste tested the Almond Nut Butter Blend & fell in love on the spot. Made by Nut-tritious Foods in Vancouver, WA, an 8-ounce tub sells for just $5. You can select from several kinds including Chocolate Hazelnut Butter (can you believe I had enough willpower to pass that one up?? Next week… :) and Pumpkin Seed Butter.
We finished this farmers market trip with a quick stop at the kids playground, while hubby and I shared our favorite chicken shawarma from Hoda’s Middle Eastern Cuisine. Note to Hoda’s: please do not ever stop selling at the Beaverton Farmers Market, or my family will be very, very sad!
In the end, we picked up just a few items to round out our existing food supply, but if you’ve ever been to your local farmers market, you know that it’s much more about the physical items you bring home–it’s about the whole experience of meeting, talking with, and supporting your local farmers, about celebrating real food, and about teaching your kids the importance of farm-to-table in a fun, vibrant, deliciously satisfying environment.
And for dinner, I made what I call my Kitchen Sink Food Revolution Potato & Spinach salad. Basically, throw in what you’ve got that’s fresh, sprinkle with your fave spices, and enjoy. My salad had potatoes, spinach, asparagus, red peppers, corn, and herbs from our garden. Oh, and of course, bacon!
What would YOU put in your Kitchen Sink Food Revolution Salad?
* If you’d like to learn more about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and get involved, visit the Food Revolution website.
* If you’d like to find a farmers market near you, you can visit the USDA’s Farmers Market Search site.