By Kristie Snyder,
Carisa Fallon has wanted to do a cooking show since her daughter Rebecca, now nine, was a baby. “I’ve always loved to cook, and my mom did organic gardening so I had exposure to healthy choices,” she said.
“Rebecca was so enthusiastic about trying new things as a baby, and I felt like it was all about having a different approach to food — that making food together was fun.”
Carisa hopes to bring that enthusiasm to a diverse audience with her new show, Get Foodie, which airs every two weeks on local Pegasys channel 13, and is also available on YouTube (look for the next episode on Nov. 6). During each segment, she and her daughters, Rebecca and Ema, age 2, visit a local farm or producer, see the food
being grown or made, and then return to the kitchen to prepare a dish using that food. “I hope families will watch the show and be inspired to try new foods together, get to know the people who grow it, and cook together,” Fallon said.
With a background in film and video production, when she moved to the Ithaca area and discovered the wealth of local food choices, she decided to make the show a reality. She approached GreenStar as her sponsor, and Marketing Manager Joe Romano saw that the show was a perfect fit with GreenStar’s mission.
“Get Foodie focuses on local farmers, seasonal foods, sustainable practices and local shoppers,” said Romano. “What’s not to love?”
For Rebecca, who is a homeschooler, the show serves a different purpose. “I really like asking the farmers questions and meeting them and digging up potatoes and picking things,” she said.
New in Produce
|The Grapes are Coming!|
You've waited all year for them — Thornbush grapes are here this month! Along with a bounty of local produce of all kinds.
Apparently July, not August, is the hottest month of the year. I always think of August as being an unbearable sweltering wash of humidity and scorch ... looks like I'm wrong. What I do know, however, is that late August brings us local grapes from Thornbush! And, it's finally tomato season, one of my favorite times of the year! This month, Stick and Stone Farm brings us summer squash, cherry tomatoes (try them in the recipe on page 8), basil, chard, kale, and green beans! Remembrance Farm continues to deliver greens (also used in this month's recipe), and Blue Heron offers beets, eggplant, cucumbers, and garlic. (August also brings Gaahl, from Gorgoroth's, 38th birthday! Happy Birthday, Gaahl!) So I guess August isn't so bad ... sure it's the end of our two-month summer, but perhaps the local grapes and local tomatoes will quell your seasonal tears? If not there's always a time machine. Wait, no there isn't. Sorry about that.