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
|Local Bounty Bounding In|
The local bounty keeps on keepin' on — August brings green beans, kale, tomatoes (yes!), and blueberries.
August — the swan song of a full summer month calls as the autumnal session edges closer with the coming of September; we move away from the hot-air humidity of July; and are promised the chance of more comfort, but at the cost of recessing daylight and falling degrees. Beyond lamentations of climate woes, we can smile in cheer as local produce continues to rear its beautiful head. This month, Stick and Stone Farm provides us with organic green beans, kale, and various tomatoes as their season is finally upon us, and Hillberry (transitional organic) and Rose Valley Farm (certified organic) continue to supply us with their delicious blueberries, fresh-picked and ready for your pies or smoothies, or just eating out of the container. And we still have an abundance of produce from local favorites: Remembrance Farm, Blue Heron Farm, and Dancing Turtle Sprouts.