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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Giving thanks doesn't end in November. The local bounty continues with root veggies, apples, cider, and trees.
This month I intended loquacious prose built upon the ever-busy world, intertwined with our local experience of cold, winter, snow, and beauty, but it just didn't sit. It seems like every month in this space I ask that we enjoy and respect our liberties and freedoms, spiritual, emotional, physical, or otherwise. It doesn't change from month to month or even day to day — every minute, every second is important to look upon and be thankful for and reflect and exist in. During the holiday months, it's especially important to realize how we act and who we are, because the consumption of product can be blinding and unrelenting. I'm thankful for this region, its people, its farms, and our Co-op: this month that means Remembrance Farm's rainbow carrots, Stick and Stone's mixed root vegetables, The Good Life Farm's bagged mixed winter greens, Black Diamond's brilliant heirloom apples, and Littletree's delicious cider. And, holiday trees! I am thankful.