There is a continuing effort to ensure under-served areas of Louisville have places where people can buy fruits and vegetables. New Roots Produce is helping set up Fresh Stops in the city's "food deserts" and sharing knowledge on how to cook from scratch. Mark Hoosier is a shareholder in one of the Fresh Stops and he's a volunteer chef. He's also a senior in the Culinary arts program at Western High School and will enter Sullivan University in the fall. He's showing a simple stir fry recipe with a soy reduction.
Vegetable Stir Fry with Soy Reduction
1 Yellow squash
2 tablespoons fresh ginger
2 cups soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1. Julienne (cut into matchsticks) carrots and mince ginger. Cut zucchini and squash into circular slices. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add carrot and ginger. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add squash and zucchini. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.
2. In a separate pot, combine soy sauce with brown sugar. Cook over medium high heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the reduction has slightly thickened into a thin syrup.
3. Plate your vegetables and drizzle with desired amount of soy reduction.
About New Roots Produce:
New Roots helps families pool their cash and food stamps to purchase bulk quantities of local produce. It's healthy, it's affordable, and it supports our local farmers. The organization just connected 1,200 people to 25 Kentuckiana farmers last season. Many of those would otherwise have had a hard time purchasing fresh produce of any kind.
Donations to New Roots, which are tax deductible, are welcomed. They need resources to help grow Fresh Stop Projects to connect more families in need, especially elders and young families. The public can help by going to http://newrootsproduce.org
What is a Fresh Stop?
Fresh Stops are community-driven fresh food projects that "pop up" every week, bi-monthly or monthly in four of Louisville's diverse neighborhoods (Old Louisville, Shawnee, Newburg and Shively) at churches, schools and/or community centers. New Roots, a small, grassroots nonprofit organization, provides help on leadership development, community organizing, and ongoing training on food system creation so that neighborhood leaders can create a Fresh Stop that is just and equitable, and reflects the needs and desires of each neighborhood.
How does a Fresh Stop work?
Fresh Stops start with food justice classes in the spring. Classes are led by community leaders and range in topic from how to integrate fresh food preparation into your daily routine, who owns the present food system, how to read labels and avoid grocery store traps that influence families on SNAP benefits to purchase processed foods that are harmful to our heath, and other issues;
Our Fresh Stop season just ended, but if people would like to get involved in planning or attending our Food Justice Leadership Development Classes this winter, they can call 502-509-6770 or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information or contact them on Facebook or on their website: www.newrootsproduce.org