At this time, due to the cancellation of so many wellness-supporting events, we are offering this resource for free. However, once renovations freshen this up it will go back to charging, though folks already signed up will remain signed up. So invite your friends now!

So many people are told by their doctor that they should eat more produce — whether to resist cancer, balance blood sugar, or reduce risk of a heart attack —  but then what? The diagnosis was overwhelming, but then there are so many "shoulds" piled on you. A lot of people have  given up on cooking fresh foods anyway, convinced that it's too hard and takes too long. And certainly someone who is ill may be uninspired, tired, stressed, and may even have their taste-buds or sense of smell compromised by their treatment or condition.  Well, that's where Produce with a Purpose can help, because the freshest food takes the least effort to wow the taste-buds.

This site provides some nutrition information and easy recipes, tips, and tricks, to empower, encourage, and nourish those who need it most. 

In addition, there are thoughtful articles, updates from the sustainable farm here with inviting photos, recommendations for gadgets and ingredients, and much more, all organized by season. It's your own, empowering go-to place for healthy eating that is based on fresh, seasonal produce (but doesn't taste like twigs and dirt!)

This site will be constantly adding fresh material, so jump in, enjoy at your own pace, and browse, learn, get inspired and encouraged... and come back often!

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to Produce with a Purpose

    • A Quick Disclaimer

    • Produce with a Purpose Merchandise

    • Introduction: Welcome to the Farm!

    • About the Recipes

    • ***The Recipes: Stupid-easy, madly-tasty, secretly healthy!***

    • Where to Find the Best Fresh Produce

    • Recommendations: Ingredients, Tools, Books...

    • What's In Season? Full Year Calendar.

  • 2


    • Basic Gear You Will Need

    • The Basics - concepts and knife skills

    • Sauté Skills - the Foundation of Flavorful Recipes

    • Roasting - Seal in the Flavor

    • Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Shortcuts: A Random List

    • Which Cooking Method is Best?

    • Plant-based foods for positive mental health

  • 3


    • Research for Yourself: Phytonutrients

    • Research for Yourself: Articles, Studies, and other Web Resources (updated often!)

  • 4


    • Autumn: What's in Season?

    • A Virtual Tour of the Farm: Late summer - Early Fall

    • Quickie Quiz 1: What do you know?

    • Soup! - Introduction

    • Food for Thought: Soup vs Your Allostatic Load

    • Presentation: Fall is Soup Season! Easy, yummy, and nourishing!

    • Walk You Through It: Green Salsa

    • Wise Words: Wendell Berry

    • Food for Thought: Extreme is the new normal.

    • Food for Thought: Hovering over the "Children"....

    • Walk You Through It: Drying Tomatoes

    • Food for Thought: The Season for Sweets (with tips for substitutions)

    • Something about Sweets

    • Wise Words: J.R.R. Tolkein

    • Food for Thought: Eating Well During the Holidays

    • Presentation: Happy Holiday Feasting

    • Relaxing Video: Sustainable, organic farms are bird-friendly!

    • Food for Thought: What have we learned this season?

  • 5


    • Winter: What's in Season?

    • Introduction: Spices!

    • Spices to Warm You from the Inside!

    • Spices: More information

    • Spices: Recipes

    • Philosophical Winter

    • Greens: Introduction

    • Greens with Envy

    • Words of Wisdom: Edith Sitwell

    • Greens: More info and Resources

    • Greens Recipes

    • Winter Foods Quiz

    • Back to our Roots and Tubers

  • 6


    • Spring: What's in Season?

    • The Two Minute Tour of the Farm: Spring Edition

    • Spring Cleaning your Insides

    • Words of Wisdom: Sitting Bull

    • Spring Self-assessment Tools

    • Breakfast of Champions

    • Food for Thought: Finding My Marbles

    • Words of Wisdom: John Muir

    • Appetizers (for stimulating your appetite)

    • Spring Foods Quiz

    • Feasting Locally

    • Words of Wisdom: Maya Angelou

    • Food for Thought: Well, this is different...

    • What's in Your Picnic Basket?

    • Words of Wisdom: Margaret Atwood

  • 7


    • Summer: What's in Season?

    • Food for Thought: A State Fair Challenge — Eating (Relatively) Healthy Food in the Belly of the Beast

    • The Beauty of Berries

    • Food for Thought: Independent Cherry Plum Jam

    • Words of Wisdom: Toni Morrison

    • Beyond Corn and Tomatoes: Bonus Finds at the Farmers’ Market

    • Food for Thought: Changing with the Seasons

    • Summer Superfoods

    • Food for Thought: Of Farmers and Firefighters

    • Words of Wisdom: John D. Liu

    • Food For Thought: Lazy Days of Summer/Il Dolce Far Niente

    • What Can We Learn from the Mediterranean Diet?

About the instructor

Kerin Gould


Kerin Gould has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Health and a PhD. in Native American Studies.  She has worked with food-related non-profits such as Alchemist CDC and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and taught a high school Farm to Fork program, but eventually focused on developing her own sustainable, non-toxic, wildlife-friendly farm and exploring a new way to connect vibrant fruit and veggies and those who strive to enhance their health with farm-fresh produce.

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