Tuesday Book Review – Farmer Jane

My son Bernhard gave me this book for my birthday awhile back, and it’s a keeper.  Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa includes profiles of 31 leaders in farming, female leaders.  Their wisdom is splashed all over the pages, and my pink highlighter makes the wisdom pop.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing The Way We Eat

Jessica Prentice writes, “Traditional peoples ate freshly ground or whole grains that were sprouted, soaked, soured, or leavened before being baked or cooked.  Once you understand how much more digestible and nourishing grains can be if you approach them that way, it’s hard not to follow suit.”

Sprouted Bread

Sprouted Bread

Deborah Madison writes, “You see plums – black plums and red plums.  You might not know there are hundreds of varieties in all colors – purple, green, yellow, blue.”  Consumers should be able to say, ‘This is a Blenheim; this is a Royal; this is a Katy; these are great for eating fresh; these for canning and pies.  What you’re looking for in an apricot are the speckles; these are better dried.’ etc.”

Green Gage plums

Green Gage plums

Marion Kalb writes, “Nearly 30 million children eat school lunch five days a week in the United States.  For many, it is their most nutritious meal of the day.  Studies show that without the nutrients that come from “real” food, kids can’t learn as well.  It’s as simple as that.”  Then she goes on to discuss a study of students in Wisconsin that tied fresh nutritious food to a marked decline in behavioral problems.

School Lunch - the most nutritious meal of the day?

School Lunch – the most nutritious meal of the day?

I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy!  –Allison

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