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spacer     ISSUE No 008 June 29, 2012    

Farmer's Corner


Do you ever take a moment and look back in time to see how things have changed? I was reading an article in the New York Times dated May 13, 2012 where parents back east were lining up to get their kids in summer camps at the farm. These different camps basically teach kids where their food comes from. The article states "children are in an age in which computer-game-centric children think milk, eggs and potatoes come from a store." The article also stated that one camp started with five kids in 2005 and today has several hundred from the ages of 3-12. The reason for parents wanting their children to go to these camps, according to the article, was due to the high risk of childhood obesity and food safety concerns. The article showed pictures of kids picking veggies, feeding pigs, collecting eggs, and digging in the dirt.

I would say things have really changed over the last two generations. As I look back to my childhood feeding pigs and collecting eggs was called chores and picking veggies getting dinner! Granted I lived on a farm then as well, but then again a lot of us did. Those that didn't had big back yards with gardens and their own chicken coops and still did their chores. We all knew where our food came from because it was our responsibility to take care of the garden and chickens. I can also say that there were not many obese kids, just tired ones!

I think it is great that parents are getting their kids out of the house and on to the farm. Let's get back to basics and remember what is important in life.

I look forward to seeing all of you this week when picking up your CSA boxes and don't forget to bring the kids to experience the farm. While you're at it try one of our many selections of CSA add-ons. This week we will be promoting Straus European Style Lightly Salted Organic Butter. Stop by for a tasting when you're picking up your CSA box.

Your local farmer,

Sharon Grossi
Valley End Farm

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Sweet potatoes are one of the oldest vegetables known to man and originated in Central America. Sweet potato relics from 10,000 years ago have been found in Peruvian caves proving their consumption since prehistoric times.

Sweet potatoes are a significant source of vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as manganese and potassium. They are rich in antioxidants which help to lower the potential health risks posed by heavy metals and free oxygen radicals. Anti-inflammatory nutrients like those found in its color related pigments reduce inflammation in brain tissue and nerve tissue. Surprisingly, sweet potatoes actually improve...

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