Wednesday, October 20, 2021


 “Let food be thy medicine.”


Photo: Freshly dug sweet potatoes from Shining Light Garden

Some people rely on a pharmacy for their medicine to make them well.  I prefer going to the farmacy, at my local farmers market or out my back door.  Eating foods that were grown within 50 miles and were just picked have very high nutritional value.

People who know me know that early Saturday mornings are sacred time when I am at the local farmers market, shopping for the superstars of my week's meals.  It is important to eat and drink a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and not consume the same 3 or 4 items.  Here is a list of some locally grown foods I have been using in the Growing Healthy Kids Test Kitchen this week:

  • Bok choy
  • Baby butternut squash
  • Poblano peppers
  • Garlic
  • Zucchini
  • Heirloom tomatoes

We have been eating very well with these wonderful vegetables. Adding organic brown rice, farro, and lentils (for a lentil-vegetable soup), this week’s selection of meals have been tasty, inexpensive, healthy, and full of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. 

Every child deserves access to healthy foods, including fresh vegetables and fruits.  Wouldn't it be great if every child had their own food farmacy? Start small, with a pot of herbs, such as basil or thyme, on the kitchen window sill.  Start sprouting seeds in mason jars.  In the spring plant 3 tomato plants and some radishes.  Get a Tower Garden.  Take your kids with you to the farmers market near you.

Plant seeds.  Start your own farmacy.  After all, we are Growing Healthy Kids. 

With love and kindness,

Nancy Heinrich, MPH

Founder and Wellness Architect