April 28, 2022

VITALIA® Rockside Celebrates Earth Month with Farm to Table Dining

Category: Senior Living

Author: Willie Hector

The last week of April is a special time for the culinary department at VITALIA Active Adult Community® – Rockside Seven Hills, OH. In honor of Earth Month, we will be celebrating and embracing the Farm to Table concept. While the terminology is often overused, the idea is a basic one that stems from the days when the food you ate came from the farm you lived on or nearby. Practices may have changed but utilizing the produce and livestock from local farms and growers has many benefits. For example, did you know most produce loses nutrients within 24 hours of harvesting? Have you ever noticed how fresh meat is moister and more flavorful?

Farm to Table also helps strengthen the local economy by providing jobs and keeping money in the hands of businesses run by our neighbors and friends. It helps to build relationships between the farmer or rancher and the customer. Both sides benefit greatly from sourcing local items. If an item becomes scarce, or pricing becomes high, this valued relationship can be instrumental in helping us to continue to provide the exceptional food our residents have come to expect from us with minimal interruption.

The dish I’m making is gourmet, ground-beef patties using locally sourced ground beef, buns, lettuce, and tomatoes. I will be able to source all the ingredients from one location, Farmer’s Rail https://www.thefarmersrail.com/. I decided on this dish and these ingredients because I am a meat and potatoes type of guy.

My memories of eating local ingredients as a child are of my parents growing their own vegetables in the garden and preparing them for meals. Sustainable farming in our area cuts down on the carbon footprint caused by chemically grown produce and products.

For us, buy local isn’t just a bumper sticker. It should be embraced and promoted as much as possible. Even if you couldn’t be here to enjoy it with us, I hope you can enjoy the content included here and feel inspired to visit some of these local vendors!

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH offers 55+ villa homes, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 41º North Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just southwest of Hwy 77 and 480 just moments from a wide range of shopping, dining, attractions, and health services.

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6100 Lombardo Center South

Seven Hills, OH 44131

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