For this week's Food for Thought, we'll be talking about Organic vs Conventionally Grown Potatoes.
If you didn’t already know, potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, B6, iron, and magnesium. In fact, they contain more potassium than a banana! So why do we care about potassium? It's a mineral found in every body cell. One of the biggest challenges with the traditional American diet today is too much sodium, too little potassium. Studies suggest boosting your potassium intake and curbing salt and sodium can reduce your stroke risk and may also lower your odds of developing heart disease.
Conventionally Grown Potatoes
As with all root vegetables, potatoes absorb pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides from the soil they are grown in. Not only are these chemicals absorbed from the ground, but also from the plant itself. When pesticides are sprayed on the plant's leaves, it is then absorbed into the growing plant as it matures. For consumers, this means there is no way to eliminate these toxins as they cannot be washed off or removed by peeling as they exist in the flesh of the potato itself.
Education expands our knowledge. Awareness provides insight. Combined, the two can be very powerful in helping us to make informed, healthy changes in our lives. We all eat, it is part of our natural biology and what gives us life. What we eat is a choice. There is no right or wrong, there is no one "best way", we are all human with different experiences and needs - it's part of what makes us unique! Empowered with knowledge and awareness, we can make choices that either supports our well-being or detracts from it. At Rooted Gypsy Farms, we want to empower you to make healthy and informed decisions when it comes to what you put in your body. So starting this week and going forward, we will be providing some "Food for Thought".
This week, with Wild-Caught Alaskan Copper River Salmon being provided in our boxes by Jammin' Salmon, a local Grand Junction company, we thought we might start out by providing a little education on the difference between Farm-Raised Salmon and Wild-Caught Salmon.
This week we introduced a fun, new recipe - Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Cider! Sourced from Talbott's Mountain Gold Market, we're also offering a $5 off coupon that can be used at their store, located at 3782 F 1/2 Road in Palisade, CO.
About Talbott's Farms:
In 1907, our great-great-grandfather Joseph Evan Yeager pursued his dream of moving west and settled in the high altitude scenic Grand Valley of Colorado’s Western Slope.
This time of year we give thanks to all those who have touched our lives. It is a time of gathering, sharing, and gratitude. At Rooted Gypsy Farms, we want to express our gratitude to YOU, for being part of our community and for helping us to support sustainable farming throughout the Grand Valley.
When we first started, our vision was to create a way where we could sustainably grow and provide local farm-to-table grocery staples that enable our community to be nourished and eat well. Since then, we have watched our business grow to a place where we can now support other local farms in the area.
Thank you to those of you who joined us at the Farmer's Market this year! We had a great turn-out this year and were very excited to see so many of you in person throughout these summer months. This Fall, we are introducing the Artisan Farm Box. This carefully crafted box is designed to provide you all of the essential ingredients to create healthy meals at home. With each delivery, we include a delicious and unique recipe created by our culinary artists based on what is freshest at the moment.