Sitting out on a sun-dappled hillside, looking out over the fruits, flowers and vegetables growing in abundance at Star Apple Edible Farms, it is easy to imagine living a healthy lifestyle, eating local food, in season. What happens to the sustainable dream when you head back to the City?
According to Stefani Bittner and Leslie Bennett of Star Apple Edible Farms, one can’t live in the City with the sustainability bar set at 100%. What can happen as one becomes more attuned to the benefits of the food revolution is that you grow what you can, and make a habit of visiting one of the many local farmers markets in the area. Says Leslie, “the more you know, the better choices you make.”
The simple farmers market has become a source of civic pride. Alice Waters is invited to the White House to plan a vegetable garden. Stefani and Leslie see these events as evidence that the people living in suburban and urban areas are quite literally, hungry for connection—with their neighbors, their communities and their food. At Star Apple, the owners are on a mission to demystify healthy growing and healthy eating, one garden at a time.
For more information, go to www.starappleediblegardens.com.