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     As we continue in this great time of year for farmers markets, vegetable gardens, there are still many delicious foods that we associate with the sunny days of summer: sweet blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries; succulent plums, apricots, peaches, and nectarines; deep red Bing or bright yellow Rainier cherries; flavorful red and black grapes, velvety mangoes and kiwi; and juicy watermelons. And there's so much more: sweet yellow or red onions, pungent garlic, dark leafy greens and lettuces, red tomatoes, green zucchini squash, and bright yellow crookneck squash.


My last blog included a call to the community to support expanding Sustainable Farming. This was actually an article I put out in the last issue of Ecolocal Living. I asked my readers to connect with a local farmer whom is active in this issue, or myself, if they had ideas to help this process. Within a week of the article, I received a phone call from a farmer with a very large gift.

This is part one of a two part article. Both were blogged on the same day.

The Function of Farming Determines the Function of You

The Farm -to-Fork ("Farm-to") movement is one of many programs, which is evidence of a paradigm shift in how we think, grow, purchase and use food.
Sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve the health of our land and ourselve's, the sustainable farm movement is amongst the fastest growing business in the world.

Healthy Food access, by all accounts, by now should be viewed as a foundational birthright. So why are so many of us still without access to it ? Because there isn't enough local, sustainable farms to serve us. If you purchase organic foods from your local supermarket, you purchase foods with little nutritional value. These foods are picked way before the ripened state; the state of highest nutritional value. SO they are pretty "dead" in terms of nutritional life. You are also supporting the area where it came from - thousands of miles away, not your local area. In essence, you're really not getting anything for the purchase of it.

This article provides some wonderful information and great recommendations from the Tai Sophia Institute.

Late Spring and early summer are great times to plant herbs outdoors. These 10 herbs are easy to grow in pots or kitchen gardens. They have a long history of use as both culinary and medicinal.

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Rebalance your mind, body and soul with tools and advice from nutritionist Mary Beth McCue. For more than 20 years, Mary Beth has helped many optimize their health and resolve unique chronic health conditions relating to weight, digestion, food intolerances, energy & metabolism, depression, inflammation, aging and more. She has initiated a variety of first time programming in corporate, community, collegiate, National Spa & Retreat Centers, Rehabilitation Farms and Organic Farms, and more. Mary Beth was appointed by the CEO of a large Health Care Organization to initiate an Integrative Health Model. This programming successfully continues today.

Nominated as "Dietitian of the Year" while working for the largest employer of Dietitians in the world, Mary Beth McCue is a Licensed and Certified Nutritionist who specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine Concepts. She is amongst a very small percentage of nutritionists in this field whom have dedicated their professional education and training with organizations such as Harvard Medical School, The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the American College of Sports Medicine. Mary Beth is an avid hiker, biker, and skier. Strength training, yoga and her black lab help keep a check on the daily balances. Learn more at www.SaratogaNutrition.com.