Is it your Saturday morning ritual to visit your local Farmers’ Market? If so, you might be interested to know what I learned this morning.
Our local SENCA Center’s office-South East Nebraska Community Action Center is sporting a new look, under the steady hand of a new Director, Terri Brethouwer, and a new cook who is passionate about food, Teresa Borrenpohl. Both of these vibrant young women have been on the job only a short time. They seem to be properly partnered and I’m liking the way they think.
As I entered the building I was greeted by less clutter and more comfortable chairs, arranged for conversation. That made me smile. In the main dining room, many of the dark pieces that crowded the room are gone. In their place stands an attractive mantel. There were well fitted tablecloths with a patriotic theme covering each dining table. A number of men from the community were gathering for coffee and to solve the problems of the city and the world. There was cheer in the air as folks greeted one another.
My order for their famous Wednesday fried chicken-Smart Chicken-was taken by the cook herself. Smart Chicken is a Southeast Nebraska mainstay. It is processed with air, not water, and is a top quality product, giving Johnson County the bragging rights since it is a local enterprise.
Tomorrow, as I eat my lunch I will have a meeting with Terri Brethauer as we discuss the Food Pantry, how best to serve its clients and we will talk about the new Federal program for Seniors: Farmers’ Coupons. Senior citizens who meet the eligibility requirements for this program can get special coupons at discounted prices so they can shop at Farmers’ Markets and use the coupons to buy locally grown, health-giving, life-supporting nourishment!
This program is great news for those who use SNAP-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-or food commodities or food pantries. It is especially good news for Seniors. You are welcome to pass the word amongst those in your circle of influence; I’m sure the program administrators would welcome the publicity.
You might welcome a recipe…have you settled on the menu for Father’s Day yet? Oh, the circulars are out and steak is so cost prohibitive that you are likely to opt for the more affordable hot dogs! That would be one great way to stretch your food dollars and the chances are good most dads would appreciate your economizing! Our local market is advertising boneless chicken breasts for $1.99 per pound and that would make a wonderful meal for Dad. How about grilling some chicken or braising it? You could serve some barbecue sauce with it, too. Here is an idea even the children can help you make:
Braised Chicken with Marinade
Cover the chicken and allow to sit in the fridge for at least 24 hours. Then you can broil, roast or braise.
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
This will give your chicken a bit of an Asian flair. Dad will like it; so will the kids. And Daddy will be proud that the little people in his household contributed to his special day!
Enjoy your trips to the Farmers’ Markets! The bounty there will offer good health for your whole family as well as an opportunity to support your neighbors!
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