April 28, 2022

VITALIA® Montrose Celebrates Earth Month with Farm to Table Dining

Category: Senior Living

Author: Christine Archey

The last week of April is a special time for the culinary department at VITALIA Active Adult Community® – Montrose Copley, OH. In honor of Earth Month, we will be celebrating and embracing the Farm to Table concept. While the terminology is often overused, the idea is a basic one that stems from the days when the food you ate came from the farm you lived on or nearby. Practices may have changed but utilizing the produce and livestock from local farms and growers has many benefits. For example, did you know most produce loses nutrients within 24 hours of harvesting? Have you ever noticed how fresh meat is moister and more flavorful?

Farm to Table also helps strengthen the local economy by providing jobs and keeping money in the hands of businesses run by our neighbors and friends. It helps to build relationships between the farmer or rancher and the customer. Both sides benefit greatly from sourcing local items. If an item becomes scarce, or pricing becomes high, this valued relationship can be instrumental in helping us to continue to provide the exceptional food our residents have come to expect from us with minimal interruption.

The dish I’m making is spring vegetable ratatouille using these locally sourced ingredients: squash, zucchini, eggplant, pasta, parsley, onion, mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, honey, and apples. I am sourcing these items from the following local suppliers: Water’s Edge, Amish Friends, Green City Growers http://www.evgoh.com/gcg/, Buckeye Fresh https://www.buckeyefresh.com/, and Bauman Orchards https://baumanorchards.com/. I decided on this dish and these ingredients to show my love for all things local Ohio. I lived out of state for several years which greatly expanded my appreciation for produce grown close to home.

Some of the best memories of my childhood involve eating veggies straight from my parent’s garden. There is nothing better than eating a perfectly ripe Ohio tomato right off the vine.

Not only does sustainable farming have an economic impact on our area, but it also has a community outreach impact. Families all over in the area I live in rely on the nutritional sustenance that local growers offer to the community. It’s so important that we keep supporting these farmers in every way we can to ensure they are able to keep supporting us as well through the future.

For us, buy local isn’t just a bumper sticker. It should be embraced and promoted as much as possible. Even if you couldn’t be here to enjoy it with us, I hope you can enjoy the content included here and feel inspired to visit some of these local vendors!

Green City Growers

VITALIA® Montrose in Copley, OH offers 55+ villa homes, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include The Crest Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Comfortably located right in the heart of town, just southwest of the intersection of Hwy 77 and Medina Road, residents enjoy convenient access to a wide range of local shopping, dining, attractions, and medical services.

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