FOOD AS THE BEST MEDICINE

March 2020

In the Spring all thoughts turn to green: green trees, green grass, weeds, and green vegetables. This picture says it all. Eat well and be well. Your Pharmacy is your grocery store and your garden. Get out in the fresh air, take a walk. Watch less television and most definitely less computer/phone time.

We grow vegetables in our garden to sustain our kitchen. Eat well and be well. Our chickens give us eggs and friendship. Get out of the house. My Irish Grandmother said, “You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.” I guess that is the same as, “Thou art dust”. So stop dusting and get outside and dig in the dirt.

At our Farm, the radishes are coming up. Delicious little green bites to put into salads. A harbinger of roasted radishes to come on our tasting plates. The fava beans are planted. And, a garden miracle, our sunflowers are not only sprouting but blooming. They are in a little protected spot, but this is way too early for them to be awake.

The fig tree tips are swelling and turning green, a clear sign of Spring.
I have spring fever and a longing for green things from the garden.

Here is some direction from the US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION with a little license of my own words from the Farm at IL Fiorello.

  1. BUY FOOD WITH THOUGHT—NOT PREPACKAGED
  2. COOK FOOD WITH CARE
  3. USE MORE VEGETABLES AND WHOLE GRAINS AND BEANS
  4. USE LESS MEAT AND LESS ANIMAL FATS
  5. BUY LOCAL FOODS—ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE
  6. SERVE ENOUGH—SUSTAIN YOUR LIFE
  7. USE WHAT IS LEFT
  8. DO NOT WASTE FOODS
  9. ENJOY FOOD AND FAMILY

REF: MENUS OF CHANGE HARVARD MED AND CIA

John Stanton, PhD, is a professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, he says that “ taste is the leading reason to buy food.” So buy food that tastes good and is healthy! Enjoy the family meal together. Family and good food is important.

In a review article, Mary Stanton PhD and Selina Wang PhD, looked at the literature on Olive Oil as medicine. (Published by UC Davis Olive Center 2015). The review suggested that the use of two tablespoons of olive oil may lower blood pressure. My addition is always use certified extra virgin olive oil and with healthy food and together this may lower blood pressure.

These are the basic tenets of the Mediterranean diet; healthy food, exercise, and extra virgin olive oil. This premise is supported by more and more research. Something we have known for many thousands of years. Farm to table has been around for a very long time. It is good that we are recognizing the importance of food as medicine.

In practicality good healthy food is good medicine. Now add your family and friends and you have a winning combination.

Eat from the garden, eat from the soil, plant based consumption is a goal for us all.

Hippocrates (born c. 460 bce, died c. 375 bce)
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.”

Ciao,
Ann

 

Sunflowers and Nasturtiums in March
Our Farm is Blooming with edible flowers and plants

Flowers

CHAYOTE SPROUTS—HARDLY SPROUTS
WE CAN SEE THEM GROWING EVERY HOUR
WAITING FOR WARM WEATHER TO PLANT
USE IN SALADS AND STEWS

Chayote

 

THE MOST WONDERFUL PICTURE FROM AN ITALIAN BLOG
FARMACIA IN ITALIAN IS PHARMACY
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS

Farmacia

 

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00:35 10 Feb 20
Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
Joshua L. Tryban
05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
Tiina Lusi
21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
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Custom Milling

Bring us your olives to be crushed in our state of the art Italian mill.

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Tastings

Taste extra virgin and co-milled flavored olive oils.

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Il Fiorello Blog

Keeping you up to date on all things olive and olive oil.

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Google Reviews

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
4.7
Based on 51 reviews
powered by Google
Town Traveller
Town Traveller
00:35 10 Feb 20
Friendly crew, amazing olive oils and delicious gelato
Joshua L. Tryban
Joshua L. Tryban
05:19 15 Oct 19
A nice balanced break from the wine tasting nearby. Come in the fall to see the mill working.
Tiina Lusi
Tiina Lusi
21:12 18 Sep 19
When most people go to Napa, you think of wine, but honestly, I'm so glad I did some more research and came across this hidden gem! It was an amazing experience, from the tour, to the videos of the milling process, the various produce and gardens they have, the oil tasting with and without food, it was amazing. Really makes you learn a new side of olive oil, how to appreciate it more and pair it/prepare with it accordingly. I really appreciated the personal tour from Ann, you could see and feel her passion for this journey and when you have someone like that in this position, it shines through to their team and products. Cheers to Ann and her husband Mark, along with their team, for creating an amazing place here. It was unforgettable and we are looking forward to ordering olive oil online (we couldn't bring it on to the plane, so ordering online is the next best thing!)
Zack Gallinger-Long
Zack Gallinger-Long
23:44 07 Jul 19
We learned so much about olive oil! The tasting flight was very eye opening and a lot of fun to do with friends. We were on vacation and had a great time when we stopped in here. I wish we had a place like this where we live.
Sharman Bruni
Sharman Bruni
16:22 02 Jun 19
First, I want to say that they have amazing employees, they are so warm and informative! I'm very glad I came here for my first olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting. The food pairing was a wonderful surprise and the gelato was delicious, unexpectedly with the olive oil on top. Seeing the plants and nature in the back was very therapeutic. I can't wait to come here again.
Caitlin Dinn
Caitlin Dinn
00:45 28 Apr 19
You definitely don't want to miss this hidden gem!!! My friends and I were lucky enough to receive a tour of the grounds from Mary, who is extremely knowledgeable of the entire olive oil industry and organic farming. It's absolutely incredible, everything served to us is made directly from their farm. Nothing goes to waste, from the skin of the olives to the food they feed to their chickens. It's truly something you don't see anymore!! Next, we had an unbelievable tasting with Gabe, who made the tasting a blast! Even if you've done an olive tasting before, this is a completely new experience. Come to find out, I have never bought REAL extra virgin olive oil!! From the minute you step in, you feel welcomed by the entire staff. You could spend the entire relaxing and playing games in the back terrace enjoying a glass or wine or beer (YES, THEY HAVE BEER!!) Truly not to be missed and is a great get away from the typical wine tour. Thanks again for welcoming us in!!
Joni Howell
Joni Howell
23:13 01 Mar 19
Had a wonderful time and was extremely informative! Their little shop let's you bring some goodies home with you.
Dmitriy
Dmitriy
21:44 31 Dec 18
We neglected to book in advance, but they were able to accommodate us for a tour and tasting on short notice. It was a delightful tour, with two hours of personal service for our group of three -- a great value for the price. I think they lose money on the tours and make it back at the gift shop.
Next Reviews