Farm It Forward

Through the Farm It Forward Partnership of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS), Advocates for Health in Action, The Produce Box, and WakeMed’s Energize! program, four families currently enrolled in an IFFS Cooking Matters for Families course have been taking home Produce Boxes each week to practice the skills they are learning in class.

The theme for session two of the six-week course was Try It, You’ll Like It, and boy did we!  Using fresh, local tomatoes and red peppers from the Produce Box, four families worked together to prepare a delicious salsa and homemade tortilla chips.

The goal of the lesson was to discuss ways families can incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into their diets.  These families shared some great ideas based on the CSA shares they received from the Produce Box the week before.  One mom added blueberries to her oatmeal for the first time!  Another couldn’t quite use all the green beans, so she froze them to enjoy later this summer.   A teen in the class used the veggies to make the healthy mini-pizza recipe we had prepared in the first Cooking Matters session.  And we were all blown away by one participant’s amazingly simple method of cooking corn in the microwave.

We can’t wait to see what they come up with next week!  Thank you, Produce Box!

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