Produce stand at work…what will they think of next?

Let’s see, what did I do today? I was back in my office after almost two weeks of all-day conferences with catering. What a relief! Also, my company started a new program today where they have a local organic farm set up a produce stand in the parking lot every other Thursday between 11am and 1pm. I went over towards the end, and I have to say I’m hoping (against all reason) for a better showing next time. I got some apricots and some cherries, but I paid dearly for them. I am not sure this is going to work for me, and I’m hoping that the prices were just high because it’s the beginning of the season and….urm, I’m not really sure where I’m going with that. Perhaps I’m just experiencing sticker shock because my husband does most of the shopping. Anyway, overall I like this “making healthy food easier” scheme and I’m very pleased with my company – it really shows they are thinking about the kinds of actions they can take to make a difference in the health and well-being of their employees.

In fact, there’s been a lot more talk recently in the media about measures that we can take as a society to get healthier. Here’s an article with a lot of good ideas:  Beating Back Obesity

And in news that should surprise precisely nobody who knows anything about how calories are burned… the FTC says those Sketchers shape-up shoe ads are full of crap. Duh.

And now…to bed with me! I’m going to try a morning run again tomorrow.


4 Responses to “Produce stand at work…what will they think of next?”

  1. Jen Says:

    Your company does a weekly farmer’s market at our local office. It’s small, but not bad. Maybe if they get in a few more vendors, the prices will go down.

  2. Trystan Says:

    My company does this too. It’s not cheap, but the produce is all local, in-season, & super-tasty, so it’s a trade-off. I think of it like Whole Foods coming to the office (since I hate going *to* Whole Paycheck/Foods itself ;-).

  3. Donna Says:

    Regarding the article you linked; schools accept money and product from junk food companies because they need the money. Why can’t we stop the crop subsidies altogether and give that money to schools so they can use it for nutrition education and PE programs and anything else that promotes a healthy start in life? And what is wrong with food prices going up? If you buy for quality (like produce at a farmer’s market or meat from a butcher or fishmoner who sells sustainably raised product) rather than quantity you will get better food in healthier sized portions. Cheap and abundant calories coupled with fats and sugars directly resulting from corn subsidies are a huge source of America’s problem with weight.

  4. simplytrece Says:

    As long as the food is grown by them, prices will be whatever they are. What I mind is farmer’s markets where they are re-selling stuff. Around here, we get nothing fresh and local till mid-June, and then, not much. July and August are best.

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