April 28, 2022
Springfield, 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 braised short ribs, crispy Pak choy, heirloom carrot and ginger puree, finished with a rich mushroom demi-glace. The locally sourced items I’ll be using are short ribs, Pak choy, carrots, and mushrooms purchased from the following businesses: JB Farms https://www.kobemidwest.com/, The Tomato House, Millsap Farms https://www.millsapfarms.com/, and Willow Mountain http://willowmountainmushrooms.com/. I decided on this dish and these ingredients because my cooking background is heavy in Asian fusion and their ingredients are available during this time of year.
I remember eating local ingredients even as a child. My Grandparents had a large tomato garden behind the apartment complex they owned. I remember as a young child going to the garden and picking the freshest tomatoes I have ever tasted!
Not only does sustainability farming save money by saving fuel, minimizing waste, and using inputs precisely, it also answers consumer demand and builds relationships to ensure profitability in the future
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!
The Fremont Senior Living in Springfield, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located less than two miles from Mercy Hospital and Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Farmer’s Park, James River Town Center, Primrose Marketplace, and the Battlefield Mall.
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