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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|Lots to Be Thankful For|
The local bounty continues, brought to you by the sweat and toil of farmers -— surely something to be thankful for.
November ... the local bounty is bestowed upon us, plowed under the sweat-browed gaze of toiling farmers, as crouched workers pick and pull on bent knees with earth-covered hands. We stay warm within the confines of our offices and coffee shops, but those of the fields toil hard and tough to provide us with sustenance. Should we not be thankful for this? Not everyone is so lucky as to taste of these local wonders and vegetable splendor: Cider, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, and Golden Russet apples picked atop the ladders of Black Diamond, Indian Creek, and Littletree Orchards; honeynut, butternut, and kabocha squashes, parsnips, rutabagas, and radishes, kale, collards, cabbage, and other hearty greens, all picked or dug from the fields of Blue Heron, Stick and Stone, Remembrance, and Good Life Farms. Give thanks, not for memories of Pilgrims and violence, but for the lush local variety of sustainable agriculture that we are so lucky to enjoy.