#25: A Food Adventure with Blue Gate Farm
Being a member of a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program has changed the way my family purchases produce.
It has allowed us to go on a food adventure to discover not only new foods, but also how to prepare a variety of fruits and vegetables. Join me for a look at how Blue Gate Farm, a Certified Naturally Grown farm in South-Central Iowa, produces chemical-free products through members of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and the Des Moines Farmer’s Market.
Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan own Blue Gate Farm and are passionate about sharing locally-grown, chemical-free produce with customers. Hear why they traded their careers in the theater industry, left the city and moved back to Iowa to try their hand at farming. Farming that is done primarily by hand.
Hear how you can go on a food adventure and discover new fruits and vegetables by supporting local growers, like Jill & Sean, by being a part of a CSA and taking the guesswork out of what produce to buy at the grocery store!
Highlights & links below from the interview.
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2:40 Why Blue Gate Farm
5:35 From the city to the farm
8:05 Where Blue Gate Farm is located
9:04 One of Iowa’s best kept secrets
10:45 What does “Certified Naturally Grown” produce mean?
13:20 Certified Naturally Grown vs. Organic
14:30 Buying from a farmer direct
15:13 Our experience as a CSA Member
16:34 What is a CSA?
17:33 Benefits of a CSA Membership & eating foods from a CSA
18:20 Eat imperfect veggies
19:50 Getting creative with meals
21:11 How to cook greens
21:55 Secret to getting kids to try new veggies
22:10 Having a personal garden along with a CSA membership
23:50 What’s a ground cherry
25:48 What to do with all that produce
28:00 How produce nurtures friendships
28:54 Farmer’s Market
33:31 A subscription to the farm—how to join the CSA
35.12 Cultivating Health Harmony and Happiness
39:04 How Adamantine® Yoga changed Jill’s life
Blue Gate Farm at the Des Moines Farmer’s Market
Dates: May – October
Location: 2nd & Court Ave.
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