Eating Healthy Q&A: How To Start Buying Locally Produced Food (For A Busy Mom)?


    Q: I’m a suburban mom without tons of time. I’m used to one stop grocery shopping at the giant supermarket. I’d like to try and start buying more fresh food locally but it feels like a pipe dream. What are some good first steps to get me started?

    A: Schedule the time to go to your farmers market and make it a family outing. Farmers markets are the ultimate way to build community, start and maintain healthy eating habits and get the freshest produce. Bring your kids, try the different samples of fruits and vegetables and invite your children to choose one or two items to make a meal with. Once it becomes a wonderful habit in your life, it won’t seem like a chore to go, but a joy you won’t want to miss out on.

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    Chef Nathan Lyon is known for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. In addition to his schooling at Le Cordon Bleu and cooking in restaurants, Nathan attributes his culinary education to the 10 years that he worked with California farmers at farmers markets. Nathan was the host of the first season of Good Food America. He is also the chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS), creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star, and is a Sustainable Seafood Ambassador with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He recently came out with his very first cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, which has been quoted by Alice Waters and Graham Kerr, in addition to other esteemed chefs. Great Food Starts Fresh is a seasonal cookbook featuring 135 recipes broken down into the 5 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and… chocolate!