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Archive: May, 2011

Something Delicious in Season

Great news! There are thousands of new places opening up across the country with delicious, healthy, fresh food. It’s even better than what you can get at the usual supermarket or even at health food stores. You don’t have to read labels most of the time. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, Farmer’s Markets are about to open up across the country. Most open in May or June.

Farmer’s Markets are a fabulous place to get gluten free and allergen free foods, too. Yes, many have a booth with baked goods or soups, but aside from that, it’s a paradise of gluten free goodness.

Benefits of shopping at the Farmer’s Market

  • Fresh produce and meat-most fruits and vegetables are picked that day
  • Support for local farmers
  • Few or fewer pesticides on fruits and vegetables. A plum shipped from Chile need a lot of pesticides to keep it lovely even after traveling thousands of miles.
  • Better taste! There’s nothing that compares to the taste of a freshly picked tomato, peach, or apple.
  • The “manufacturer” is usually right in front of you, so if you have questions about how something is made or grown, just ask!

Also, another great option are CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)

Locally grown food resources

Farmer’s Markets and Local Produce


Local Farmer’s Market Links:

City of Alexandria Farmer’s Markets

Fairfax county Farmer’s Markets

Arlington Farmer’s Markets

Nationwide listing of USDA Farmer’s Markets

Nationwide listing that includes markets, farms, farm stands, CSAs etc.

Farmer’s Market Map from Washington Post

Farmer’s Markets and Local Produce

Summary of local CSAs for 2011 from the Washington Post

Farms, CSAs, etc. Community Supported Agriculture (or CSAs) allow people to buy a ‘share’ in a farm and pick up a bag of fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods weekly.  Pick up points are located throughout D.C. and suburbs.  Foods vary week to week and usually come with recipes.

Missed the window for a CSA?  Don’t despair!  There are plenty of resources below!

Organic Grocery Delivery Services/Farm Clubs

Arganica Farm Club


Locally source food club w/delivery to homes in NoVa, MD & DC

Food Matters CSA–but also a cafe w/catering, too!

(703) 461 3663

Mount Vernon Farms

Through buyers clubs or go out to the farm!.  In Sperryville, VA.  Pastured beef, lamb and chicken.

Polyface Farms

Farm in the Shenandoah Valley with pastured meats and eggs that are delivered locally or bought in bulk

South Mountain Veggies

Delivered, locally grown produce from Frederick County, MD

Washington’s Green Grocer 301-333-3697

Delivers organic fruits, veggies and herbs to DC, VA and MD

Virtual Mother’s Farm


Glut Co-op Bethesda, MD

Tel: 240-247-2667


Takoma Park Co-op

Tel: 301-891-2667/ Tel: 240-247-2667


Harris Whole Health offers individual sessions, family sessions and group classes to help people eat healthier and feel better! Whether you are dealing with Celiac Disease, food allergies, picky eaters, children on the Autistic spectrum, chronic illness, or if you just want to feel and look better, Cheryl can help you achieve your goals. For an appointment with Cheryl Harris, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, please click here or call 571-271-8742.

Let’s Talk Live – Gluten Sensitivity

Segment on Gluten Sensitivity with the fantastic Melanie Hastings of Let’s Talk Live.  Kudos to the show for covering such an important topic!!!

G-Free and Vegetarian May 2011 Newsletter

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Diets

It can be challenging enough on gluten-free diet, but what if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet?  It’s well established that there are health benefits to reducing the amount of meat in the diets of most Americans, and the lifestyle has appeal for some people based on ethical and/or environmental reasons.  Fortunately, with extra planning, a well-rounded and delicious gluten-free vegetarian diet is possible.

The good news is that many vegetarian staples, like beans, lentils, tofu, dairy, nuts, seeds and eggs are already naturally gluten-free.  And some of the best sources of vegetarian and vegan protein are gluten-free pseudo-grains, such as quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth. Also, grains, such as millet, teff and sorghum are very nutritious.  In addition to protein and fiber, they all have other vital nutrients, like B vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium, etc.

It’s vital for everyone with Celiac disease to get enough iron, calcium, Vitamin D, fiber and B vitamins (including B12), because these are often lacking due to damage from the disease process and eating patterns often seen in gluten-free diets.  Pair that with a vegetarian diet, which can be lacking in protein, iron, calcium, B12, omega fats, and Vitamin D, and it’s easy to miss out on necessary nutrients.

So what’s a vegetarian to do?

  • Focus on typical vegetarian staples that are gluten-free, like beans, tofu, nuts and seeds, and, of course fruits and veggies and.  If your diet includes dairy, eggs, fish, etc. these are very nutrient rich as well.
  • Watch out for the miso!  Surprisingly, sometimes it contains barley.
  • Eat a good source of protein with each meal.
  • Try quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth etc.
  • Get your vitamin D, iron and B vitamin levels checked.
  • Consider a vegan or vegetarian omega 3 supplement from algae if you don’t eat fish.
  • When possible, include fortified gluten-free foods, like cereals, breads, etc.
  • Work with a Registered Dietitian to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet.

Fortunately, there are more and more vegetarian and vegan resources out there.
Here are some of my favorite websites:

Shelley Case and Carol Fenster have a fantastic FREE e-book on gluten-free bean recipes.  Some recipes do contain meat, but many are vegetarian and all are bean based.

And a huge thanks to Ricki of for introducing me to this great new resource, which has a listing of a huge number of gluten-free vegan blogs:



1 in 133

On May 4th, the world’s largest Gluten-free cake was made in Washington, DC for a good cause.  Gluten-free labeling laws were due out in August, 2008.  Thanks to a lot of great press for the event, hopefully there will soon be progress on this front, and FDA officials said they’re paying attention.  Only time (and continued attention) will tell!

While you’re at it, do stop by the 1 in 133 website and sign the petition and/or donate to the cause.

Gluten-Free Watch Dog

Gluten Free Watchdog will be fully operational Monday May 16. Preview the site This site will test selected products without gluten ingredients listed and provide a detailed report of the gluten content of the selected products.

DC Area Events

Upcoming WACSSG Meetings (DC Celiacs)

Next Meeting Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 2:00–4:00 pm

Meeting Topic: TBD
Speaker: Anne Roland Lee, MSEd, RD, LD, Director of Nutritional Services, Schar USA

Vendors: One Dish Cuisine

Location: DC Public Library: Tenley-Friendship Branch
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016

CNMC Program

Join the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Medical Center on Tuesday May 17th for a FREE educational session called “Solving the Puzzle: The Many Faces of Celiac Disease.” The session will provide information about celiac disease as well as how it relates to orthopedics, allergy, neurology, endocrinology and psychology. The educational forum includes complimentary gluten-free breakfast and lunch.

Date: Tuesday May 17, 2011
Time: 8:00am to 11:30am
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel (900 10th Street, NW, Washington DC, 20001)
**breakfast served at 7:45am, lunch at 11:45am.**
To RSVP, please contact Rachel Aleman at: You must RSVP to attend the event. No onsite registration will be accepted.

Great people always know other great people…

We are moving locally, and although I will continue to see clients in Alexandria, I’m also looking for a spot to see clients near Fairfax/Burke.  Anyone thoughts of wonderful offices/people near by to connect with would be greatly appreciated!