The last week of April is a special time for the culinary department at The Princeton Senior Living Lee’s Summit, MO. In honor of Earth Month, we will be celebrating and embracing the Farm to Table concept. While the terminology is often overused, the idea is a basic one that stems from the days when the food you ate came from the farm you lived on or nearby. Practices may have changed but utilizing the produce and livestock from local farms and growers has many benefits. For example, did you know most produce loses nutrients within 24 hours of harvesting? Have you ever noticed how fresh meat is moister and more flavorful?
Farm to Table also helps strengthen the local economy by providing jobs and keeping money in the hands of businesses run by our neighbors and friends. It helps to build relationships between the farmer or rancher and the customer. Both sides benefit greatly from sourcing local items. If an item becomes scarce, or pricing becomes high, this valued relationship can be instrumental in helping us to continue to provide the exceptional food our residents have come to expect from us with minimal interruption.
The dish I’m making is chicken scampi over pasta. The locally sourced items I will be using include chicken, peppers, onions, and bread. I will be able to purchase all these items at the
Lee’s Summit Farmers Market https://downtownls.org/market/. I chose this dish and these ingredients because I love to cook Italian food. I will be able to get what I need, all fresh with robust flavors and at an economical price.
One of my childhood memories of eating local ingredients is going to the city market and getting local honey. Sustainable farming in our area continues to have a big impact, as it allows us to reduce our carbon footprint and create better habits for the next generations.
For us, buy local isn’t just a bumper sticker. It should be embraced and promoted as much as possible. Even if you couldn’t be here to enjoy it with us, I hope you can enjoy the content included here and feel inspired to visit some of these local vendors!