Charlotte Fresh popping back in to check in on everyone and to make sure the year has started off wonderfully for you. The first part of the year is when we tend to make resolutions: eat well, exercise, lower stress, reconnect with friends and loved ones and generally be good to ourselves. I appreciate your loyal following on Facebook while I continue to nurture other parts of my life.
Although the weather has been freakishly warm alternating with numbing cold (especially today…brrrrr), remember that our dedicated farmers and providers are out there year round to provide us healthy food. No better time to create and establish a healthy habit than now. If you can get up and out to get those veggies and pastured meats, you’ll create a wonderfully healthy eating pattern for yourself and for your family by Spring.
Valentine’s Day is arriving soon. Surprise your loved one with chocolates from local artisans like The Secret Chocolatier. Choose flowers from your farmers’ market. Buy beeswax candles from your honey provider. They might be short on honey this time of year because the bees need it, but they have other products. Like lip balm – very important, if you know what I mean. Cook a wonderful dinner at home with local ingredients – you can do it! Or go out to one of the many fine restaurants where chefs are using more and more local inputs. You’ll see some of those opportunities for special dinners if you follow my Facebook page.
And while you’re being good to yourself, I encourage you to do good for others this year. It doesn’t matter how large or small, challenge yourself to find something in 2013 that will have a positive impact on even just one person. Here is an inspiring project and video to get your creative juices flowing. Kudos to project lead Nate, his partnership with Harvest Moon Grille at the Dunhill and the Hilton to create opportunities for those less fortunate:
All the best for a wonderful year, and I’ll see you on Facebook. - CF