#25: A Food Adventure with Blue Gate Farm

Feb 26, 2020 | Nutrition, Podcast

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.

CSA Membership Info

Facebook: @bluegatefarmIA

Instagram:  @BlueGateFarmFresh

Contact: mail@bluegatefarmfresh.com

Website:  www.bluegatefarmfresh.com

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