It’s time to get to know more of your fellow Urban Acres members!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Bre Taylor, one of our longest-running members and one of our first employees. In fact, if you remember our very first store location at Delafuente’s produce stand, Bre probably rung up your total on a calculator (before we even had a cash register!).
Bre is a wife and mother of two who runs the website Nourishing the Home. She’s also a representative for doTerra essential oils. For more info and upcoming live and online classes, contact Bre via her website or follow her on Facebook or Instagram for ongoing oil tips.
We’re so thankful to Bre and her family for their loyalty and partnership through the years. Now without further ado…
Bre teaching at the Farmstead
Bre, what inspired you to become a part of Urban Acres?
My husband, Jon, and I were going through a kind of personal nutrition revolution when we were pregnant with our first child in 2010. Jon read Nourishing Traditions from cover-to-cover (which is no easy feat), and it really inspired us to find locally pastured meats, organic fresh-from-the-*local*-farm produce and even raw milk. We met the owners (Steven and Christine Bailey) when picking up some meat, a friendship formed, and the rest is history. I was also the second ever employee at Urban Acres which was a lot of fun to be a part of it at the beginning. Now, I’m fortunate to be one of the teachers at the Farmstead teaching monthly classes about the benefits and versatility of essential oils.
What is your favorite part about the co-op style produce?
I love knowing that we’re helping support our local farmers. With modern day grocery stores, there is such a disconnect now about where our food comes from. It’s just provided for us with no real thought of how it got there and who did all the work planting, growing, watering and just overall caring for our food. I am trying to plan our family’s meals based on seasonal produce and the co-op style helps me do that too because a majority of the basket is what’s in season.
Do you grow any food at home? If so, what’s growing in your garden right now?
Yes, still a beginner for sure but trying to grow more every season. Right now I have some tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers growing bigger every day and a collection of everyday herbs like cilantro, parsley and basil.
What is your favorite fruit, veggie? Why?
Probably zucchini. There are just so many things you can do with it and so many different kinds of dishes – breakfast muffins, zucchini noodles in spaghetti (love my Spiralizer!) or zucchini brownies for dessert.
What is your favorite site to get recipes from?
Pinterest, Plan To Eat (where I meal plan too) and Urban Acres. I love the Produce Finder on the UA site because it gives me storage tips as well as recipes – especially for that random “what is THIS?” item that can turn up in the produce share sometimes. I used to be the communicator of what was in the share every week in the beginning and wish we’d had this amazing tool then, so definitely take advantage of it if you’re not already!
Do you have any produce tips for other members?
Clean, divide and conquer. As soon as I get home (OK, not every time but I try to) I make my veggie wash with water and Lemon essential oil and soak the fruits and veggies that would benefit from a soak. Then I divvy up what may be needed for a certain recipe or maybe my smoothie/juicing drawer and do the proper drying/wrapping in paper towel/etc to keep it fresh. When we put it off, our produce definitely doesn’t last as long, so taking that extra hour or so after share pickup saves us time in the long run (and our produce!).
Please share one of your favorite “real food recipes” with us.
Nothing fancy but I love a good omelette. I’m not good in the kitchen like my husband is so I like dishes that come together quickly and that are still nutritious. All you need is some great farm fresh eggs (with that delicious dark yolk), some healthy oils/fats and lots of veggies from the bin. Boom.
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Bre’s class this month at the Farmstead…
Summertime Essential Oils with Bre Taylor of Nourishing The Home
Monday, June 16th @ 7:00pm
The sun is high in the sky and Summer is here! Join Bre Taylor to learn about the amazing versatility of essential oils and how you can use them for summer. Learn recipes for natural sunscreen, bug spray and even a yummy lemonade mix!
Hands-on class, limited to 10 students.
- Organic ingredients
- Take-home gift
- $30 per person
Reserve seats by clicking HERE.