Food for thought

Stress Leads to Disease

Getting through flu season means first navigating the holiday season well. If you are a student taking exams this week, a working parent with school-age kids home for two weeks, a grandparent bummed not to be with family this year, or anyone feeling overwhelmed by a holiday shopping list, THIS…

Avoiding Cold & Flu

Is it a coincidence that cold and flu season starts right after Halloween?  I don’t know about you, but I’ve dipped into my kids’ candy stash more than once this weekend and we’re starting into the two months when I make the least healthy choices all year:  sugary desserts, cocktail parties, cheese…

Feeding Healthy Kids, one parent’s guide

By Kelly Egolf, Founder of Verde Food Company and mother of a child, with multiple food allergies I have a secret to share.  I have a hard time getting my kids to eat healthy foods.  Okay, I admit that I probably set a ridiculously high bar (or so my husband says), but it's still a lot of effort.…

Vitamins vs. Veggies

When I was a kid, I loved the Flintstone vitamin that was set next to my breakfast each morning. I mean, what kid wouldn’t enjoy a candy like pill with their breakfast? As a teenager, I took an iron supplement because of a doctor’s recommendation.  As a college student, I took fish oil capsules…

Pioneering Food Today

A couple of weeks ago, Lizz and I were at the Organic Farming Conference and were truly inspired by the keynote speech delivered by Gary Gundersen of Mr. G’s Farm. I dare you to read it and resist the urge to start gardening right away.  (It’s only barely March, after all.) Gary Gundersen NM…

What (and Who) “Local” Really Looks Like

By Gabriella Marks, Santa Fe photographer As a farm-to-table photographer, I have the distinct pleasure of going out to see and document first-hand the amazing abundance of fresh produce that our regional farmers cultivate. I call my photographic subject “farm to table”, but in truth, it’s the…

Slowing Down for Family

My grandfather is making his annual sojourn to Santa Fe this month. It is a highlight of our summer every year. For an 89 year old man, he has the get-up-and-go of a man 20 years younger. A veteran of both World War II in the Korean War, he is my hero. Everything changes in our house when Pappy…

Food Miles

Every Friday, I make a big produce order from Veritable Vegetable, an organic produce company out of California that shares our values for social change and sustainability.  We buy mostly from them when we can’t find something locally.  (And our seasonal shift to locally grown produce is already…

The Cost of Eating Healthy: hidden and not-so-hidden

It won’t surprise you to hear that healthier food costs more than junk food – an average of $1.50 more per day, in fact.  Research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that healthier diet patterns, such as a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and nuts, are more expensive than…

Where the green grass grows

Recently, someone asked me if we are growing cat food here at Verde Juice.   He saw our wheatgrass sprouts and assumed it was catnip.   We are growing as a company, but not in that direction. From chicken feed to detoxifier of heavy metals, people have found tremendous value in wheatgrass over the…