By: Kelley Dillon
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included carrots from Enos Bontrager.
"Make half your plate fruits and vegetables."
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025
Enos Bontrager is an Amish farmer. In addition to being certified organic, they forgo motorized mechanical equipment. They rely on teams of horses and true grit to plant, raise, and harvest their products that are made available to the community by Sprout.
The social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions that influence individual and group differences in health status. This includes the ability to access and afford nutritious food.
Carrots are a root vegetable in the parsley family. The natural season is late summer and fall, but they may be harvested throughout the winter. Two types exist: wild and cultivated/ domesticated carrot. There are several hundred varieties of orange, purple, yellow, and white colors.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, as well as vitamins B6, B7, C, K, and minerals potassium and magnesium. Vitamin A promotes eye, skin, and immune health.
Recipe by: Kelley Dillon and Jenny Breen
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included cherry tomatoes from Twin Eagle farm.
"We are charged with taking care of the land for future generations."
- Arlene Jones, Sprout
Sprout has worked with Amish farms for over 10 years. Amish farms are dedicated to sustainable and organic growing practices. Twin Eagle is a certified organic farm which means they do not use pesticides or other chemicals.
Conventional growing practices use pesticides in the growing process which are toxic to soil and humans. Damage to soil impacts the soil quality which diminishes nutrient quality of the food it's grown in. When pesticides are consumed, it is stored in the body and can cause irreversible damage. It is important to wash tomatoes and other vegetables carefully and select organic, if possible.
Although tomatoes are typically red when ripe, they actually come in an array of colorful varieties. They don’t have to be uniformly colored to be delicious either. Tomatoes are technically a fruit, but their savory taste ensures they are used more as a vegetable. Delicious, nutritious, and versatile, tomatoes are a part of every cuisine in the world.
Tomatoes are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and the phytonutrient carotene lycopene. Phytonutrients are nonessential nutrients but provide significant health benefits. Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants to stay healthy and colorful. They improve immune health and reduce inflammation.