My name is Eliane Baggenstos. I created farm2delish because food has been my passion as long as I can remember. I grew up as the daughter of a chef in a hotel-restaurant in Switzerland. I learned how to make broth from scratch, how to stir-fry veggies in a way that preserved the most vitamins, and I learned how to kill a lobster—all by the age of six. In my twenties, I started my own vegetable garden and became passionate about cooking with seasonal and organic produce. After moving to NYC in 2002 I began to buy my produce and other products at the farmer’s market, and later signed up with a local CSA to receive a weekly share of farm-fresh vegetables and eggs during the summer. Since the summer of 2017 I have been traveling full time through the USA and beyond with my fiancee and we buy our groceries mostly from farmer’s markets, organic or small farms and mom and pop stores selling local products wherever we go. There’s nothing better and tastier than eating fresh, local produce and products.
I very much believe in the sayings “You are what you eat” and “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” As a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist I care about health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition—and I know that they are all related to each other. That’s why I use organic, local, fresh-picked produce as much as possible—it contains more nutrients like enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals than the commercially grown products at a supermarket. Commercial produce is often picked well before it is ripe in order to ensure that it survives the long trip from commercial “farm” to store. Eating freshly picked produce from a local farm on a daily basis will strengthen your immune system and improve your overall health, just like nature intended. It’s not only better for your health, but also for the environment and it tastes so much more flavorful as well! I believe in responsible and sustainable agriculture and aspire to live eco-friendly as possible, therefore most recipes on Farm2Delish are vegetarian or vegan. There are a few recipes with meat or fish made with Certified Humane animals, grass fed beef, free range chicken and sustainably caught fish.
Besides being passionate about nutrition, food, cooking, and eating, I am also an avid photographer. My passions all aligned when I created farm2delish. My goal is to inspire you to create healthy meals with mostly seasonal and fresh ingredients. Feel free to change the recipes as you like and make them your own.
For more input on local food sources read this article: Locavore – How To Eat Locally
And even the USDA has some good information: http://www.nutrition.gov/farmers-markets
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!