Wednesday, August 3, 2011

This Is Audra Christophel. She Knows A Lot About Vegetables.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Audra Christophel and lots of good vegetables (and eggs!).
  • Audra Christophel and lots of good vegetables (and eggs!).

I stopped by the farm stand at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center a few weeks back and found Audra Christophel educating people on how they can include more locally grown vegetables in their meal plans. It was impressive.

One of the barriers between people and farmers’ market vegetables is so simple it’s often overlooked: How do you use what they sell there? That’s where Christophel, the consignment coordinator for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, comes in. She can explain it better than me, so I won’t get into it here. But you should visit her sometime.

The veggies are really, really good, too, and they come from either a food bank farm or people’s backyards. I bought enough squash and garlic and other things to make dinner for about $5. And it was all grown locally, so that $5 goes to local people, not some company bigwig smoking fat cigars in some distant boardroom.

The farm stand at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center is there from 9 a.m. to noon, the first and third Friday of each month. Hey, that’s this Friday! Good times.

Sweet potato fries and butternut squash soup tonight!
  • Sweet potato fries and butternut squash soup tonight!

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