A few weeks ago, I spent the day touring Twin Ponds Farm in Howell, NJ. Before then, I’ve never toured a working farm. To actually walk through one is a feast for the five senses. The aroma of the herbs, the bright vibrant colors, the rich brown earth… I was in heaven. Connecting with nature is the best way to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Once you make that connection, you realize food grown fresh and naturally is what the body really craves and deserves.
Interestingly enough, I met one of the owners of this lovely farm at a photography class I took last spring. Coincidence? Probably not. I’m starting to believe this path I’m on is just pulling me in a certain direction. The people I meet and places I go are all part of my journey. When I was invited to tour the farm and take pictures, I was as giddy as a school girl! Not only was I dying to test out my photgraphy skills, but I knew it would be inspirational.
To maintain a farm of this size takes an incredible amount of dedication, back breaking work and sacrifice. I’ve come to realize farmers have an incredible wealth of knowledge that is invaluable to our existance. This is why it is so important so support them and their hard work. Buying from local farms usually means the food is fresher, in season, more nutritious and ultimately tastier. It’s also better for the environment. Consider that the average food can often travel thousands of miles to get from the soil to the market and then to your table, using up a tremendous amount of fossil fuel energy. Buying locally not only conserves energy, but also helps preserve precious agricultural landscape that is becoming more and more scarce.
I think I was able to capture the essence of this beautiful farm in my photographs. This horse literally walked right up to me as if to say “I know you get it.”
I came home with lots of goodies that day. I made pesto with the most fragrant, hearty basil I have ever tasted, treated myself and the kids delicious green smoothies made from the kale and apples and created an exquisite marinara sauce from the juiciest plum tomatoes I’ve had in years.
It truly was a humbling experience, one I am grateful for, and it’s my hope that these pictures inspire you to live healthier and think about how the food you eat affects not only your body, but the environment we live in. It’s all connected.
Stay tuned this November because I’ve got some recipes that I’m working on that I absolutely CANNOT wait to share with you! As the holidays approach, the days become more hectic and time becomes more limited. I will be sharing recipes that are not only quick and delicious, but full of nutrients to help keep you and your family strong and healthy this winter. Keep an eye out for some of my favorite holiday recipes and entertaining tips on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.