The holidays are just around the corner — and there's so much to be done! You've got to nail down recipe ideas, but also want to be conscious of where you're purchasing your ingredients. You need to buy gifts, but you're trying to keep your shopping local. All the while, you're also trying to ward off colds and all the other fun ailments that come with winter.
The Quad Cities Food Hub has your back. At the Radish Winter Wellness Festival on Dec. 10, the folks at the Food Hub will host a presentation beginning at 1:30 p.m., covering local food recipes for low-fat eggnog and baked holiday apple fritters, as well as gift ideas for wellness including fresh oils, spritzers and salves; herbal teas and Himalayan salt lamps.
QC Food Hub marketing and funds development coordinator Kristin Fairchild says that eggnog, for some, is a holiday staple, and recipes for lighter versions often are hard to find. "Our recipe allows you to make a great standout item for parties and family gatherings, all while highlighting local products such as Kalona (Organics) milk, and eggs from pasture-raised chickens," she says.
Similarly, she says, the baked apple fritters — which are a great option for breakfast, a meal often overlooked as our focus typically is on the Christmas dinner — lend the chance to use local apples.
"We hope people take away great new recipe ideas, and even just the inspiration to try and find new ways to incorporate local products into their favorite meals and recipes," Fairchild says. "Our local producers are families, community members, people we see every week. Knowing that buying their goods and products, especially around the holidays, helps them provide their families with a happy holiday gives us a sense of pride in our community that we hope others will be able to share with us."
The folks at the Food Hub, located at 421 W. River Drive, Suite 5, also will highlight some products it offers for self care, too. "We know holidays are a time where many people are so focused on taking care of plans, gifts and everyone else's well being," she says, adding that essential oils are a great, natural way to combat illness.
"Willow's Wisdom is one local company that provides different blends to tackle what ails you. ... We hope people feel empowered to practice more self care during the winter months when the days are shorter, while, again, helping to support local businesses at the same time," she says.
For more information about what is available at the Food Hub, visit its website, qcfoodhub.com.