Friday, September 18, 2009

Presidential Produce

While I am sure there are those out there who are already smitten with the President and the First Lady, here is yet another reason to swoon. And for those are aren't smitten, well, here is a reason to change your tune. The Obama's dig farmers' markets and have no problem telling us so. From the Huffington Post:
First lady Michelle Obama bought cheese, fingerling potatoes, eggs, black kale and other  items Thursday at the launch of a new farmers market blocks from the White House.                              
Before shopping, Mrs. Obama spoke about the importance of healthy eating to about 300 shoppers gathered in the drizzling rain.
"I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables," she told the cheering crowd.
The first lady said she wasn't always so invested in healthy foods.
"I was a working mother trying to put it all together," she said. "Takeout food was a primary part of our diet."
But Mrs. Obama explained that she gradually saw the effect eating better had on the health and habits of her children.
"The kind of food that we put into our body gives us the energy to get through the day," she said.
Mrs. Obama praised farmers markets as places where Americans can learn more about how their food is produced.
"You get to know the people who grow your food, how they do it, you know, who they are as people," she said.
These markets play an especially important in neighborhoods where access to healthy options are limited, she added.
The first lady has been promoting locally grown food and healthy eating with a popular vegetable garden at the White House.
So there you have it. It's nice to see a progressive view of eating coming from the top down for a change. Now if this could translate into policy, especially concerning the Farm Bill and school lunches, we all would be better off.

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