A Saturday in St. Pete

Nancy and I started this Saturday with Chit, Chat and Chew at Unity of Midtown. We met in the fellowship room for a hearty breakfast provided by Audrey and team. Our conversation ranged from learning about each other’s diverse cultures to how Unity Principles can apply no matter what your theology. In attendance were teachers, a mental health professional, Reiki and other healing professionals, an environmental scientist, to name a few, with a variety of backgrounds ranging from growing up in rural Alabama and
conservative Tennessee to emigrating from Lithuania. We found common ground in the discussion and enjoyed getting to know each other better. Look for us on Facebook under Unity of Midtown or on the web at https://unitytemplestpete.org/

Rev Linda sharing Unity Principles, sister Hazel photobombing the shot

One of our members encouraged us to attend the Natural Food Festival on 22nd St. S. She was volunteering for One Community Grocery CO-OP. Their mission is to build a self-determined, community-owned cooperative grocery store that meets the community’s needs for fresh, healthy, nutritionally dense foods. They are currently partnering with St. Pete Youth Farm and Worden Farms to provide local produce with online ordering and pop-ups. For more information on how to become a member/owner, go to https://ocgc.coop/.

Local produce from Worden Farms
Sarah Gold sharing vision of new Grocery Co-op

Another fun vendor was 15Olives, a family run grower, producer and distributor of olive oil and infused vinegars. We were treated to a taste test of the the 3 most popular olive oils from grapes grown in North Florida. We chose the Robust variety, which has a slightly peppery aftertaste. Here’s what we learned about olive oil from these experts.

A quality oil will have a smoke point somewhere between 380 and 410 degrees Fahrenheit. The more impurities in an oil, the lower the smoke point. We were also reminded that EVOO has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. The antioxidants can also help fight cancer. So use lots of pure olive oil in your salads and to saute your vegetables. Check them out at 15Olives.com

Fresh olive oil is best dressing

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