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by G. Scott Brown
WE RECEIVE PACKAGES … AND ITS
We have fallen in love with this product and have to tell you all about it!
The Landport is a revolutionary new lockbox that secures your packages while you’re away. Delivery drivers just enter a code and place your packages in your Landport for you to retrieve at your convenience. Now, while we love this for all your Farm to Fit cooler bags, of course, its also really easy to communicate your code to any delivery company. With 3 different sizes and 5 different colors, there is an option for everyone.
The best part? Homegrown right here in Portland!
by G. Scott Brown
We’ve Expanded to Oregon City & Salem!
You asked, we delivered (pun intended)! We’ve expanded our large delivery reach to include Oregon City, Keizer and Salem. As you know, we currently deliver to the entire Portland-Metro market, including Vancouver. And, starting this week, Farm to Fit’s hybrid delivery cars will be seen driving south to the neighboring cities of Oregon City, Salem and Keizer, as well. This was the next step in our expansion. We listen to our customers’ requests and the requests have been for us to expand further south in the Willamette Valley. So, we have partnered with the fantastic Courthouse Fitness in Salem and Keizer and Snap Fitness in Oregon City to bring Farm to Fit meals to your area! Click here to order and chose one of these new spots as your pick location!
by G. Scott Brown
Vegetarian Meal Planning at Farm to Fit
By Halla Byer, MScN, Resident Nutritionist
Making the switch to a vegetarian – or even just a plant-based diet – can be overwhelming. Ordering meals from Farm to Fit is a great way to get ideas and vegetarian nutritional support.
If you’re considering a vegetarian diet, you might be wondering what your protein options are. The answer is a little bit bigger than just protein. There are three key nutrients, iron, folate, and vitamin B12 – all typically found in animal products –which are essential to your health.
The good news? These nutrients are also found in plants. But why do they matter?
Without adequate amounts of iron, folate, and B12, you may become deficient, and potentially anemic. Anemia is a fairly common, but quite serious condition that affects the size and quantity of your blood cells. Most people who show signs of anemia feel fatigued on a regular basis, and the risk increases even more for females.
Our goal at Farm to Fit is to make sure we have a nutritionally sound vegetarian menu so you can continue to feel great. As a nutritionist, my job is to comb through every recipe and analyze each day of the vegetarian menu to make sure our clients are getting the perfect amount of those three key nutrients.
Here are a few plant sources we’ll be including in the vegetarian menu to make sure you’re as healthy and fueled as possible:
• Iron: Beans and lentils, tempeh, tofu, dark leafy greens, quinoa, prunes, potato skins, raisins, apricots, watermelon, almonds, sunflower seeds (some of these make great snacks on their own, too!)
• Folate: Beans and lentils, black beans, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli.
• Vitamin B12: nutritional yeast, crimini mushrooms, tempeh
***Side note on iron: There are actually two types of iron, heme and non-heme. Heme iron is found in animal products, which will be limited to eggs and dairy in the vegetarian menu. Non-heme iron is found in plants, but in order to be absorbed, non-heme iron requires a little vitamin C, so we’ll make sure to get that in there too!
by G. Scott Brown
Gathering Together Farm and Seasonal Cilantro
By Halla Byer, MScN Intern
In this week’s delivery, you’ll see some menu items featuring cilantro and some FUN FACTS about cilantro, but we also want to shine a spotlight on our local source!
Gathering Together Farm, located in Philomath, Oregon, is committed to organic farming. They have a CSA service, restaurant, and store on site to help make quality produce available to the public in many different ways! They even sell products in their store from other local farmers to do their part to support a sustainable agricultural community in Oregon! Now that’s a community we can get on board with!
Many lifestyle-related conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, have similar root causes in poor food choices and low physical activity levels. The signs and symptoms of these disorders are often overlapping, so when we find a food like cilantro that helps prevent or reverse all of them from different angles, we’re going to use it!
And we’re going to use the best source we can find! We thank Gathering Together Farm for supporting Farm to Fit and our mission to provide healthy, local, organic foods to our community!
Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@FarmToFit) and Instagram for the latest in local farming, fitness and healthy food!
by G. Scott Brown
How Meal Delivery Pioneers – Farm to Fit –
Stand Above the New Competition.
By G. Scott Brown and Dre Slaman, Founders, Farm to Fit
We realize that delivery – and specifically meal delivery – is booming in Oregon and across the nation. Frankly, we’re flattered the concept is being replicated.
More families, couples and individuals are prioritizing mealtimes, good nutrition, and convenience.
Farm to Fit was early to arrive to the Portland meal delivery market in 2011. With so many new players trying to punch into this industry, we wanted to explain how Farm to Fit continues to stand above the rest. Here’s what makes our Farm to Fit meal delivery formula different:
4+ Years Strong
Farm to Fit has been in the business of meal delivery for over four years and we’re growing strong. We’re even opening a new – triple in size – kitchen in the next few months.
Tracked Portion Control
Our nutritional tracking is premiere. We track and guarantee calories and sizes. Calorie meal plans are tailored to fuel your specific lifestyle and help you achieve your goals. In 2016 we are working to do even more to customize portion control for our clients.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Our customers have the option to order every meal, every day of the week. Year-round. Order online today.
You can choose to receive 3, 5, or 7 days of Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. You can also feed your whole family or just one person. We’ve got options.
Chef Driven Menu
Because we’ve been in the market so long. We have a tried and true formula for our solid, gourmet menu with over 500 different meals, created and cooked daily by our team of experienced, professional, award-winning chefs.
Giant Service Area
We deliver to a large swath of the Portland and Vancouver area (all the way out to West Linn and Hillsboro). And we’re open to new delivery drop-sites all the time. View all of our meal delivery and pickup locations.
As Local As We Can Be
We source all of our ingredients from as many local farmers and purveyors as we can. We are proud to be rooted in Oregon, where year-round farming affords us an amazing localized menu and access to fresh cheese, eggs and meat.
Local, Unwavering Customer Service
We are a locally-owned and owner-operated company. We take immense pride in our personalized care and service. In early 2016, we plan to launch an updated website for menu and ordering, where you can further customize your menu.
Strong Local Fitness Partners
We value our relationships with the local fitness community and our meal plans are often delivered direct to our local gym partners. See all of our partners here.
by G. Scott Brown
Urban Gleaners + Farm to Fit = Less Waste
For most, Thanksgiving week centers around food. Heaps of potatoes, gravy, pie, turkey, rolls and . . . . more leftovers than we could ever finish.
Excess has become part of our holidays. Except for those who live with food insecurity.
A few years ago, we were shocked to learn the average middle-class, American family of four throws $1,500 in the garbage from their plate, annually.
Which makes us proud of our relationship with a local food-waste reduction program. For the past two years – once a week – a crew from Portland’s Urban Gleaners (a local non-profit) picks up Farm to Fit’s edible, surplus food and redistributes it to agencies feeding the hungry across Portland.
Yet, everyone can do something in their own home. In fact, the USDA and EPA just announced an initiative to reduce U.S. food waste by 50 percent in 15 years! This wave of change and awareness is just beginning; we’re hopeful for the future of better food management across America. And, we’re excited to be a part of this movement.
Waste-Less Food Tips
- Many fruits give off natural gases as they ripen, making other nearby produce spoil faster. Store bananas, apples, and tomatoes by themselves, and store fruits and vegetables in different bins.
- Befriend your freezer and visit it often. For example, freeze food such as bread, sliced fruit, or meat that you know you won’t be able to eat in time.
- Buy boxed milk or milk alternatives that can be shelf-stable until you need to use them.
- Wait to wash berries until you want to eat them to prevent mold.
- If you can’t reduce waste. Divert it from landfills. Donate to food banks and learn about composting.
- Learn the difference between “sell-by,” “use-by,” “best-by,” and expiration dates.
– Tips courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
*Photos courtesy of Urban Gleaners
by Rachael Lamb
I arrived at Flamingo Ridge Organic Farm a few minutes late for my meeting with owner Charlie Harris, as my journey out to Gaston, OR had me slowing to a roll at every idyllic ranch, winery, and overlook. So when I arrived, I found Charlie on his flip phone doing business. He told me to give him a second while he made things right with a client. I heard him apologize for the miscommunication and insisted they take a new shipment free of charge tomorrow. Later he told me that he doesn’t do “iPhones, computers, internet, etc.’ for his business transactions. He insists on “hearing the other person’s voice” and keeps things simple with a couple of huge dry erase boards. I immediately got the sense that Charlie was just an all-around good guy. (more…)
by Rachael Lambposted in Foodie PDX, Healthy Living, Ingredients, Recipes, Seasonal Eating/Local Partners, Weight Loss
We are all aware of the term ’empty calories’ and the foods that are associated with them. Baked goods, processed foods, soda – anything with added sugar. Oh, sugar, you sweet little devil! That tasty sweetener has been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease – and the list goes on. It’s becoming common knowledge that the ‘healthy’ choice is to avoid sweets and sugar altogether. But, that being said, there is a time and a place for a lemonade on a hot day. (There’s GOT to be, right??!) And, lemonade isn’t lemonade without a little sweet to balance out the sour. (Lemon water is also refreshing on a hot day, and a great alternative to lemonade, but I’m trying to prove a point!) Every now and again something sweet just hits the spot, and it’s not a bad thing to indulge – especially when you choose your sweetener wisely. The good news is that there are alternatives to sugar that will satisfy that sweet tooth without leaving you sugar-sick! (more…)