Take Back the $5 Value Meal This Saturday

Courtesy of  The Countryside Conservancy’s Farmer’s Market e-news:

Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, states that a full one-quarter of U.S. adults eat fast food every day. Part of the reason, he claims, is because fast food is so inexpensive. Affordable meals are on everyone’s minds these days. Health is also at the forefront of our national conversation. We all know the counter-arguments against regular fast food consumption: inexpensive fast food may lead to expensive health issues down the road. But still the myth persists that fast food is somehow cheaper than what we can make at home, especially if your family’s meals focus on local, fresh and seasonal foods.

Slow Food USA has created a wonderful campaign to help dispel this myth, and encourage everyone to take back the $5 value meal this Saturday. “Challenging” participants to create meals for friends and family using fresh, local products for less than $5 per serving in order to highlight the myriad healthy, nutritious meals you can make for under the common cost of a fast food “value meal.”

I signed my family up to participate, but really- it’s not so much of a challenge in our household unless we’re really splurging. Shopping at the market provides a wealth of options for creating delicious meals for $5 per serving, and in many cases well below that bar. Here are some links to others who have taken the challenge (or similar ones), that can help get your wheels turning if you’re inclined to participate. Jump on over to our facebook page to share your favorite $5 meal!

The Conservancy hosts farmers’ markets at the following locations:

Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Saturdays, 9am-Noon, May 14-October 29
Highland Square, W. Market Street and Conger Ave., Wednesdays, 4-7pm, June 1-Sept. 28

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