If you’ve missed reading up on the top food trends for 2019, they include increased industrial investment in lab grown “meats”, beverages enhanced with CBD, and the unprejudiced acceptance of imperfect ugly vegetables. While these trends may not appeal to everyone, there is one projected food trend that we all may want to consider – Eating at Home.

Wow. How did eating at home become a “food trend” anyway? Have we strayed that far from the generations-old daily ritual of dinner at the table, where our parents and grandparents gathered to eat and share the days news? Yes, it’s true. Many of us would have to admit that long work days and commutes and our family extracurricular activities have turned dinner time into a challenge. The priority list has often become (1) Eating – anything, (2) Eating around dinner time, (3) Eating something healthy, (4) Eating together.

Have faith! According to recent studies, “eating in” as a practice that we Americans are trying hard to hold onto, and we’re turning to convenience to do so. While eating at home is generally more affordable than eating out, the composition of the home-made meal and the means of preparing it are evolving.

Traditionally, the American recipe for dinner has been the combination of a vegetable, a starch and a protein, most often prepared separately and occupying individual sections of the plate. However, the final meal of the day is morphing towards a one-dish-fits-all model as a means of bringing all of the components together with less effort. While our mother’s cooking magazines once boasted recipes for stews, casseroles, or the multi-ingredient taco, we’re now cooking up sheet pan dinners and Instantpot meals. Many of us are also embracing the convenience of gathering groceries without touring the store via online shopping, and cooking without the bother of planning by ordering entire meal kits for delivery. In addition, our local supermarkets are investing marketing dollars and shelf space in more upscale store-prepared meals to go, enticing us away from traditional “fast food” towards meals with a more home-made appeal. Experts hypothesize that meals will trend toward a combination of these practices, containing some store or restaurant prepared components with other areas of the plate reserved for humble recipes made in the home kitchen. Order a burger (expertly grilled), toss up a salad. Pick up a hearty soup (lots of chopping), layer up a sandwich.

As we welcome 2019, consider becoming part of the “Eating In” phenomenon. Hold fast to the time honored tradition of enjoying a relaxing meal on a regular basis with those you care about. Food trend or not, some things never go out of style.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahuen/2018/11/30/foodtrends/#69aace42507e
https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/2018/the-future-of-dinner-in-america-will-reflect-past-traditions-but-with-modern-twists/

I’ve had the pleasure of being a member of Eight Mile Creek Farm’s CSA program for several years and have enjoyed not only the fresh organic favorites such as cucumbers, cabbage, squash and green beans, but also unique varieties including rainbow carrots, crispino lettuce and siberian kale. And the eggs – did I mention the organic eggs?! The shells come in a variety of delicate hues, and the yolks are large and luminous with a color that brings to mind marigolds and sunshine! I’m also a fan of the many photos which Pam includes in her blog about life on the farm, which frequently feature her endearing and lovable horses, cows and dogs as well as the beautiful surrounding farm land. My family is happily spoiled by the farms rich and abundant produce, and we’re proud to support Pam and her amazing woman-owned and operated business.

More About Eight Mile Creek Farm Eight Mile Creek Farm is nestled away on 250 acres of gorgeous farmland southwest of Albany in Westerlo, New York. The farm dates back to 1835, and now supports a widely diversified agricultural business. With a background in nutritional sciences, owner and self-taught farmer Pam Schreiber maintains the farms annual organic certification and aims to provide her customers with a great variety of nutrient dense products. The farm operates based on the concept of regenerative agriculture, which strives to improve yields while reducing external inputs by conserving water, nurturing topsoil and promoting biodiversity. Pam produces over 100 types of organic vegetables and herbs, along with certified organic grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and pastured eggs. In addition, organic turkeys are available for the holidays. The farm is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and Slow Food USA. Eight Mile Creek Farm is resident at the Peekskill Farmers Market on Saturdays and offers CSA shares year-round at slect drop off locations (home delivery available in some areas).

http://www.eightmilecreekfarm.com

Photo Credit: Pam Schreiber, Eight Mile Creek Farm