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.
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September brings the anniversary of Brazil's declaration of independence after centuries of Portuguese rule, the birthdays of legendary boxer "Rocky" Marciano, writer Truman Capote, and American revolutionary Samuel Adams ("I'll have a Samuel Jackson"), and the autumnal equinox. Summer's over ... how short it was. While I will lament the end of summer until it returns again, we can at the very least look forward to the rich and vibrant local harvest that continues on through this most comfortable of months. Stick and Stone Farm brings us delicious heirlooms tomatoes, green beans, and three kales: Red Russian, dino, and curly. We've got local apples — Sansa, Cox Orange Pippin, Pink Pearl, and more; and plums — Castelton, Long John, Fortune — from Black Diamond Farm; plus more veggies from Blue Heron Farm — broccoli, celery, cilantro, garlic, red potatoes, and tomatoes. Here comes fall, "que sera sera."