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Green With Envy - Creating A Great Garden

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen, Gardens

Spring has sprung! Now is the perfect time to start planning your garden. Whether you have a large yard or a small space on your deck or windowsill, here's our advice for creating a green space this season. Getting started Pick a location. No matter if it's inside or out, it should have access to at least six-hours of sunlight per day. If you are planting your garden outside, have your soil tested for acidity and nutrient content. This is...


What is Fair Trade?

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

Did you know that 2 billion of the world's workers survive on less than $2 per day?  October is Fair Trade Month – celebrating a movement that seeks greater equity in international trade by producing sustainable livelihoods and opportunities in some of the poorest countries in the world. Fair Trade is a partnership that creates harmony between producers, businesses and consumers around the world. Fair Trade-labeled products, among them coffee, bananas, sugar, and chocolate, undergo a rigorous certification process...


Plant Garlic Now for Spring Harvest

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen, Gardens

Now is the time to plant garlic. It's super easy and does not require much work. Typically, garlic is planted from the end of September through November, four to six weeks before the ground freezes, depending on where you live. It is best to plant after a light frost, but well before the ground freezes. Garlic should have good root growth before winter starts, but minimal above-ground growth. So head over to a local farm or garden center and pick...


No 'Pink Slime' in Fresh Ground Beef

Nutrition, Sustainability

SAGE Dining Services® does not serve fresh ground beef made with lean, finely textured beef (LFTB), recently referred to as "pink slime." We banned LFTB in 2009, which is just one of the many things we do to provide the highest-quality foods to our customers. We buy fresh, wholesome ingredients which contain no trans fat and no MSG. We prepare foods from scratch, on-site daily which include house-roasted turkey breast and roast beef, and house-made salad dressings. Our milk...


Common Bonds with Common Market


SAGE is a strong supporter of local farm food. Behind the scenes, we are working with Common Market to increase the availability of locally grown food throughout the Philadelphia region. To learn more about Common Market and local food hubs, visit commonmarketphila.org. ...


Food Day 2011

Nutrition, Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

The first ever Food Day will take place on Monday, Oct. 24. Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is a nationwide grassroots effort to encourage people to push Congress for healthy and affordable food produced in a sustainable and humane way. Whether through lobbying, participating in a community event or making a personal change, Food Day hopes to inspire people to transform the American diet. Though many of the goals for Food Day concentrate...


Explore Meatless Meals During Vegetarian Awareness Month

Nutrition, Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

Vegetarian diets have become mainstream over the last decade, with more people looking to improve their health or help the environment. Former President Bill Clinton's choice of a vegetarian diet even made the news! There are vegetarian recipes in magazines, veggie dishes in restaurants and even a dating website for vegetarian singles. So while the benefits of a vegetarian diet are obvious, what if you can't completely give up meat? October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, making it a great time...


Celebrate Can-it-Forward Day

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

As with many of the domestic arts, canning has made a big comeback. Sales of home canning equipment have been surging since 2008, in large part due to a growing interest in eating more healthfully and reviving traditions from a simpler time. To capitalize on this trend, Jarden Home Brands -- the makers of Ball canning jars -- has partnered with Canning Across America, a nationwide group of food writers, bloggers and cookbook authors with a passion for canning, to...


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