Fresh Foods

The Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up #40

Good morning happy food lovers!

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So I’ve taken up running. Not in a grandiose, uber-athlete kind of way. More like a Phoebe on Friends, flailing about kind of way. I bought some decent shoes, an arm band to hold my iPod (mainly because stuffing it in my bra just made it all sweaty and that’s probably not good for the electronics) and a new pair of jogging pants. I am good to go!

 Actually, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. It kind of sucks as I do it but after – oh after – I feel pretty darn good. I just need to move, ya know? Unlike Victoria, I can’t walk everywhere in this city. Transit is required. So I don’t move nearly as much as I used to. And since I think it’s important to exercise all muscles – not just my stupendous brain – I decided to do something about it. And in the process, maybe I’ll lose those 20 Lbs of relationship fat I’ve gained in the 5 years that John and I have been dating. Meh, either way.
Do you ever feel the need to move? To get your body going? What do you do for exercise? Do you exercise? What motivates you? Is exercise over-rated?

This link-up is to encourage fresh food production, consumption, activism, and awareness.

Please feel free to link up posts containing:
  • CSA collections;
  • Farmer’s market treasures;
  • Home grown/raised hauls;
  • Recipes that feature fresh fruits and veggies that are seasonal to your area or feature local, sustainably farmed meats, eggs, and dairy;
  • DIY projects and tutorials for: gardening, storing and/or preserving fresh, real foods, composting market scraps, raising chickens in your back yard, small living, etc…
You may link up to 3 posts in a given week that you haven’t shared here before by using the linky tool at the bottom of this post. Please make an effort to click on any of the linked up posts and say hello by leaving a comment for your fellow fresh food communitarians and/or leave one here to tell us what you’ve shared – because we know how much we all love comments!

And lastly, please include the button below or a simple text link back to this link up in the post(s) you share:

 I want this blog hop to feature you as well as help each other come together to form a resource of good food ways for one another. In order to be featured on the monthly features – which includes a highlight on your post here on the first Wednesday of the month as well as tweets, facebook page “like” and posting, and being added to the Fresh Foods pinterest board – you must have a text link back or button displayed in your post or on your blog. If you don’t link back to this post I can’t feature you.


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  • Libby
    May 29, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Thanks for the party this week Kristy! I look forward to seeing all the yumminess that gets posted.

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      thanks for stopping by Libby – looking forward to reading all your posts too!

  • Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts
    May 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I do not run, but I like to walk. On a crazy whim (a large guy at work said he was going to do it, so I figured I could, too) my spouse and I signed up to walk the USAF half marathon. Of course that was before my spouse deployed, so I’ll be walking it alone (with all the other folks). So I got an app to keep track of my miles, an arm thing which I’m not sure I like yet, and I’m walking. I like it while I’m doing it, I like it when it’s over. I don’t like all the runners who pass my by, because while I can sustain a 14 minute mile for several miles, if I were to do that run/walk/run/walk thing I’d be toast. Instead I just get annoyed that my time is at the bottom of the list. But I’m getting miles in! Simon is happy for all the walks, though he’s a black dog and gets hot easily, so once the kids are out of school we’ll be walking at the ass crack of dawn instead of towards school with my daughter at a civilized time.

    I’m linking up 2 recipes using roasted garlic I put up from my garden plus one recipe that would use eggs from my farm share if I made it tomorrow (CSA season starts this afternoon!). I’ve got a Creme Fraiche Roasted Potato Salad, the Little Black Dress of potato salads good in formal or casual settings.
    I’ve used last week’s Roasted Garlic and Herb Pizza dough in 2 pizzas–a strange but good Chicken Blueberry Hummus with Red Onion and Goat Cheese pizza, and a Pepper and Peppadew pizza.
    Last, because 15 yrs ago today I became a mom, some cookies I made for my son’s sled hockey team. They’ve got sunflower seeds (another thing for the summer to try list–roasting my own), coconut, and chocolate chips. I’m betting that sled hockey in Canada is just like sled hockey in the US (and I have held the gold medal that the US Paralympic team earned when it beat the Canadian Paralympic team in Vancouver in 2010–surprisingly hefty).
    Enjoy your running!

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Can I just say how much I LOVE reading your novels of comments?? They make my day!

      Also, good for you!! Most people wouldn’t walk a half marathon – you’re moving your body and that’s what’s important. Plus those are always nice and early so lots of fresh morning air, too 🙂 It’s my favorite air.

      …so jealous your CSA has begun.

      …And what the ef is sled hockey?!!

  • Diane Balch
    May 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Kristy good for you running. I more of an eater than a runner too, but I do it so I can eat all the ymmy stuff I blog about. Getting an active dog was a good move for me. She needs to be walked everyday for at least 40 minutes or she drives me insane when I’m trying to sleep, Well, I brought 3 vegetarian, low cal recipes that are perfect for losing weight.

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      ooooh! I’m trying to convince John to get a dog! It’s good for the lifestyle! And I want to love love LURVE her 😉

      Thanks for linking up Diane!

  • suzy supnet
    May 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Okay, so my link this week is not exactly “fresh” nor local or seasonal, but I thought your readers would appreciate the comparison to a homemade sauce vs store bought. Course I am probably just preaching to the choir.

    Thanks for hosting.

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      It counts!! I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂

      Also, you never know who might find your post! It’s great to write these kinds of things.

  • luckiest1
    May 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I tend to walk a lot, especially in the summer months. I have one of those crazy small dogs who just needs to walk at least twice a day or he goes stir crazy in the house, so it keeps me moving. I also try to get out and walk at lunch while I’m at work, to get my butt out of the chair. Is it enough exercise? Probably not. Does gardening count?

    This week I’ve linked up a twist on your basic risotto, using my garden grown sorrel and some farmer’s market goat’s cheese and Welsh onions. 🙂

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Gardening absolutely counts dude! It’s great for your abs and lungs and arms and legs – it’s exercise!

  • Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs
    May 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Thank you for hosting!! This week I shared three posts – two discussing white flour and bleach… whether or not the chemicals in white flour are bleach, and then whether or not those chemicals are dangerous. The third is a recipe for soaked whole wheat pancakes – definitely a welcomed recipe after reading about white flour!!

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      They sound like great posts Tiffany! Can’t wait to check em out!

  • Bobbie Jo Gustafson
    May 30, 2013 at 3:05 AM

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  • Bobbie Jo Gustafson
    May 30, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Exercise, it can’t be over-rated. It makes food taste even better…that alone makes it worth it. I enjoy hiking so stepping is a great workout for me…when I’m not camping and can go on a hike.

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      hahahah true that sister. I LOVE hiking. Since moving to Toronto I haven’t done it once. stupid huge city. But it feels so GOOD to be in nature!

  • Maria @ Asphalt_And_Trails
    May 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Hi! Thank you for hosting! And I also wanted to invite you to our new bloghop Total Fitness Wednesday (since you are talking about exercise 😉 We will discuss fitness, nutrition, and health. I hope you will join us with your yummy recipe!

    • Kristy Gardner
      June 9, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Hi Maria! Thank you for the invite! 🙂 I’ll try to make it over this week 🙂

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    June 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    You might hate this, but I’m going to say it anyway. I’m super proud of you for getting on the workout train again. Way to shake a tail weather, although you may look more like Elaine from Seinfeld doing that. Get it.