There are many quotes we find ourselves saying repeatedly at Round the Bend Farm (RTB).  Be the Change you want to See in the World by Gandhi, Walk our Talk, and Let Food be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food by Hippocrates are just a few of the most common. Hippocrates’s quote especially resonates with us as we truly believe that healthy, local food creates healthy bodies and communities. Hippocrates lived during a time in our history (born in Greece c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) when many believed that medicine was directly linked to religion and ill health was punishment that was inflicted by the gods.

Conversely, Hippocrates, a trained physician, believed that diseases were caused naturally, not because of superstition and gods. He spent his life contending and teaching that disease was the product of environmental factors, diet, and living habits. Now, fast forward to 2015, we understand how true his message was and yet we still do not always heed the warning signs. Our lives are busy and convenience has become all too often the message we are bombarded with by media regarding our food choices. At RTB, we want to help foster an old message in a new way, Food is Medicine, and it can be convenient and even free, as you will see in some instances. Each month, RTB will highlight a seasonal food that we are currently eating on the farm in our Food is Medicine section of our newsletter. We hope you enjoy the information and recipes.

Food is Medicine Blog Posts:

Shaun’s reflections on “Food As Medicine” Class

By: Shaun Van Laarhoven This past winter I had the opportunity to take Jade Alicandro Mace’s, Community Herbalist “Food As Medicine” three-series class held at Blue Dragon Apothecary in Greenfield, MA. In my “chef role” at Round The Bend Farm I try to prepare nutritious meals for folks who live, work and volunteer on the […]

Food Is Medicine – “Beet and Carrot Salad” Recipe- Eating Raw

The days are long and everyone seems to be trying to pack as much as they can into each one. Summer is a very busy time of year and taking advantage of all the flourishing fruits and vegetables can sometimes seem overwhelming. Eating raw can be quick and simple! You don’t even need to turn […]

Food is Medicine – Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles – (Urtica dioca) One of the greatest revelations I had when I started working at RTB was realizing that stinging nettles weren’t only edible, but were delicious and highly nutritious!  What I once considered a pesky and painful weed is actually a plant that I have come to honor and cultivate in my […]

Food is Medicine – Bone Broth

I know what you are thinking; here it comes again, another blog about bone broth.  Why is this stuff suddenly the rage?  Why is everyone suddenly so enamored with this stuff?  And how is it any different from regular broth or stock?  Well, these are all good questions and hopefully, this Bone Broth blog will […]

Food is Medicine – Herbal Tonics

Food is Medicine – Kimchi

Kimchi is a fermented dish made with vegetables and an assortment of different seasonings. Koreanculture is big on this side dish, making it their national dish and holding an annual kimchi festival.

Food is Medicine – Fire Cider

Food is Medicine – Garlic

July demarks garlic season at Round the Bend Farm (RTB). This is a time for the fall-planted crop to be harvested, hung to dry, and garlic scapes enjoyed until the bulbs themselves harden off.

Food is Medicine – Elderberry

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been my go-to immune booster ever since I had children and learned about its amazing health benefits.  It has a long history of uses and is revered for its antioxidant and antiviral qualities.  In Old World tradition, an elder bush was planted at the edge of a garden as the “protector” […]

Food is Medicine – Lambs Quarters

This month we have been enjoying a daily dose of the wild edible weed known as Lambs Quarters (Chenopodium album).  Yes, I said weed.  However, once upon a time, this annual weed received more respect.  Prior to the introduction of spinach from Southeast Asia, lambs quarters were the go-to-greens.  They are a genuine super-food high […]