Alex and Sonja Overhiser share how they’re making a difference in the Indianapolis food community in the latest episode of #GotTheFire.
What started as a way to bring friends together around a dinner table and a passion for farmers markets turned into a blog, “A Couple Cooks,” and cookbook, “Pretty Simple Cooking,” that have made a national impact.
Based on their journey, here are some ways you can be more involved in the Indianapolis food community and use your passion for food in a positive way.
Cook For Friends
It may seem simple to cook for your friends, but it is actually a great way to build community. As your lives and your friend’s lives become busier, there’s one thing everyone needs to make time for and that’s food. Why not dine in good company. Maybe your friends invite their friends and your own little community begins to grow.
It can also be a fun, creative time for you to explore new recipes and expand your cooking skills.
Understand the importance of food
Food has a major impact on our health, the environment and community. When you begin to ask questions and learn more about what you’re putting into your body, you begin to be more aware of the importance of food.
This awareness can help you make moves in the Indianapolis food community to better educate others so that together we can make sustainable, healthy food more accessible.
Support your local farmers markets
Alex and Sonja Overhiser enjoyed getting to know the farmers that were growing the food they cook with. For them, it made their passion for food and the farmer’s market grow. From there they started contributing recipes to the Indy Winter’s Farmers Market.
There are so many different ways to support your local farmers markets. Maybe you just support them by shopping. Volunteering your time and skills will help you connect with others and join a community of other passionate food lovers.
Be more aware of food justice
Many of us are very fortunate to have easy access to fresh vegetables and healthy meal options. That’s not always the case. There are several great causes that you can be involved in that are spreading awareness and providing meals to those in need.
You can also connect with other like minded individuals trying to build a community around food. Indy Women in Food is an organization that Sonja Overhiser helped start that connects women in Indianapolis that are in the food community.
It started out as a Facebook group and has expanded. Now they have networking potlucks and public events, including a diversity series that focuses on diversity in the food industry.
The Indianapolis food community is doing great things and Alex and Sonja Overhiser are a huge part of that. We hope you find some value in their journey and feel inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Catch the full interview with Alex and Sonja Overhiser below.
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