April 28, 2022

VITALIA® Stow Celebrates Earth Month with Farm to Table Dining

Category: Senior Living

Author: Khamal Slayton

The last week of April is a special time for the culinary department at VITALIA Senior Residences® at Stow Stow, OH. In honor of Earth Month, we will be celebrating and embracing the Farm to Table concept. While the terminology is often overused, the idea is a basic one that stems from the days when the food you ate came from the farm you lived on or nearby. Practices may have changed but utilizing the produce and livestock from local farms and growers has many benefits. For example, did you know most produce loses nutrients within 24 hours of harvesting? Have you ever noticed how fresh meat is moister and more flavorful?

Farm to Table also helps strengthen the local economy by providing jobs and keeping money in the hands of businesses run by our neighbors and friends. It helps to build relationships between the farmer or rancher and the customer. Both sides benefit greatly from sourcing local items. If an item becomes scarce, or pricing becomes high, this valued relationship can be instrumental in helping us to continue to provide the exceptional food our residents have come to expect from us with minimal interruption.

The dish I’m making is breaded chicken breast with a white wine, basil, and cream sauce. Everything in this dish is locally sourced, except the chicken breast. I will be sourcing my items from the local farmer’s market. I decided on this dish and these ingredients because who doesn’t love pasta and chicken?

My mom always encouraged healthy eating and frequently visited local Ohio farms to obtain ingredients for her meals when I was a child. Sustainable farming most certainly supports our local communities.

For us, buy local isn’t just a bumper sticker. It should be embraced and promoted as much as possible. Even if you couldn’t be here to enjoy it with us, I hope you can enjoy the content included here and feel inspired to visit some of these local vendors!

VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road just blocks from a wide range of shopping, dining, attractions, and health services.

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4291 Allen Road

Stow, OH 44224

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