There’s a lot going on right now that could impact our ability to obtain fresh foods.
The Federal Government has plans to remove people from the SNAP program possibly starting April 1st. Fresh foods are important to the health of individuals, children and our community. If we look around at the stores in our community and most urban cities for that matter, they are the stores that offer processed foods and fast foods, foods that have chemicals added to them so they can sit on the shelves for a long period of time, and foods that provide very little nutritional value, but will have enough salt and sugar added to make you like them and want more.
We should be cautious of these offerings and pay attention to the impact they have had on our health.
Nothing is more delicious or healthier than fresh grown vegetables, vegetables grown without the aid of harmful chemicals. Quite a few articles have been written about our local and national restaurants bragging about serving dishes from the farm to the table. I am suggesting that as a community we should start growing our own vegetables and serving them at our tables, too.
Years ago it was very common for families to have a small garden in their yard and to enjoy the foods they were able to grow. Nowadays most children think food only comes from a shelf in the store and have not experienced the wonder of planting seeds and watching them grow into something they can eat.
As we move into the springtime it is also a good time to consider supporting some of the growers of fresh vegetables in our community. One such grower is League Park Market Place (216-375-3557) on Superior near E.79th.
Many of us have passed by and seen them selling their vegetables during the summer. League Park Market Place accepts W.I.C., SNAP, Senior Coupons and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) memberships. Not only will they grow and sell you vegetables, they offer workshops to help you grow your own crops and sell you plants for you to grow. League Park Market Place also collaborates with Village Family Farms on Crawford Road to provide fresh vegetables to the community.
Now is a good time to consider growing something yourself. It can be as small as a tomato plant in a pot or as large as you and your family and friends are willing to work together to grow. Whatever you choose, let’s work together as a community to grow and eat healthy foods.