HWC - Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Food Day

Wichita Food Day
October 24, 2013

Register Your SHOWDOWN Now !

Two Ways to Join the FUN!

1.  Plan Your Vegetable Soup SHOWDOWN

Celebrate Wichita Food Day by organizing your own Vegetable SOUP SHOWDOWN.  Invite friends and bring all your soup-makers together for a taste test and a time of reflecting on how good “real food” makes you feel.

2. Old Town SHOWDOWN

Community gardeners and farmers are bringing their best vegetable soup for your enjoyment. 
Taste real, fresh, homemade vegetable soup.

October 24
11:30 a.m. — gone

City Arts in Old Town
334 N. Mead

Additional sandwiches and drinks available. This is a free event. Join us for lunch. Donation optional.

Eat REAL Wichita
Gardening & Local Farms
Savor the Season

Food Day aims to help people Eat Real. That means cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods, and fatty foods in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein. Food Day envisions shorter lines at fast-food drive-throughs—and bigger crowds at farmers markets.

Do you eat real? Take the quiz.

Vegetable Soup Recipes

Savor the Season

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Buyers Guide

Seasonal Calendar

Kansas Farmers Market

Family Meals at Home

   Spanish Version

Family Meal Log

Family Meal Recipes

Sedgwick County Extension

Great Plains Earth Institute

Gardening with Kids

Harvest and Storage of Fruits and Vegetables 

Vegetable Garden Planting Guide

A Recipe for Community

Gardening is not just a "feel good" activity anymore. More and more city officials and community groups recognized that gardens reduce crime, increase citizen involvement, increases property values, empower residents to build stronger ties to their neighborhoods, and provides nutritious food in areas where it may not be readily available. A community garden, if put in the right place and sufficiently supported, provides a public demonstration that residents can build something beautiful together. If residents can work together to create a productive green space, they can also use those skills to address critical problems like crime, homelessness, and blight plaguing their communities. In parks and other highly public places, the regular presence of responsible adults can reduce crime and promote productive activities. During Food Day we encourage everyone to get out and experience a community garden and local far.

Food Day Recipe Book

Local Farmers Markets

Kansas Community Gardens

Community Gardens.org

The Value of Home Gardening

Nourish Food System Map

Food System Map Study Guide

Raising Backyard Chickens

A Yummy Soup Surprise
by Becky Tuttle

We have all heard that eating healthy is more expensive.  Want a great way to make your grocery budget

s-t-r-e-t-c-h?  At the end of the week, I usually try for Sunday evening, clean out our fridge and freezer for all of the little bits of unused veggies from the previous week.  Think about the little bit of frozen peas, the lone zucchini, a handful of baby carrots, and left-over chopped celery from a salad.  Take all of those “little bits” and make something spectacular and healthy, what I affectionately call “Veggie Dump Soup”.

Pull out your largest slow cooker dump all of the chopped/diced veggies (cooked and raw) you are not sure what you are going to do with and make a delicious and healthy soup.  I use up all of my small portions that aren’t enough for a side dish or salad and then add what else I need to make an appetizing soup.  I then add low sodium-fat free chicken/veggie broth or low sodium tomato juice/V-8.  Sometimes, both, if I am trying to clean out the fridge or pantry even more.  Then, add your favorite fresh or dried herbs, but the lid on the slow cooker, and let it do its thing on low for 8-10 hours. 

There is nothing better than coming home to a slow cooker brimming with yummy, hot soup.  And the best part, no wasted veggies.  And the added bonus (as if you needed one) is that there is no fat and you are getting your much needed servings of veggies from this incredibly low calorie dinner.  Serve with a salad and viola, dinner is served! 

Feel free to be creative!  My husband often says, “Make it like this again next week”, to which I tell him that I can’t.  Each week is a yummy surprise! 

Enjoy, and as always, take care and be well!

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