By: Jennie Dockser, Food Enthusiast and Morning Person in Training
The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, the prime spot for a tent. Every Friday morning, we wake up before the sunrise, pack the car, chug some coffee, and head out toward the next Boston25 Zip Trip.
Our first destination was West Roxbury. As we pulled up to a baseball field at 5 am while eating peanut butter sandwiches, we were excited and ready to share our love for cranberries. We quickly set up our tent and created a display with our seed packets, recipe cards from US Cranberries, samples of dried cranberries, sunglasses, and stickers. People of all ages approached our booth, some looking for a healthy snack, others interested in the bright green shades. I think we can all agree that there are few things as exciting to dietitians as watching a child try a healthy snack for the first time and liking it! We smiled as kids reacted to the sweet taste of the cranberries and asked for another bag to give to their parents or siblings.
Though we were standing for 5 hours, the time flew. The booth was never empty and we were constantly on our toes, ready to answer any questions about cranberries or who we are. With each visitor, we learned about new ways that people use dried cranberries. We also encouraged people to photograph themselves with the cranberries so they could enter the Summer Cran Fan contest, sponsored by US Cranberries. Check that out here. After giving out over 100 dried cranberry samples, Sheri appeared on TV on our segment “What’s FRESH this week?” and she killed it. She talked about her Cranberry Cowgirl Burger, which featured a turkey burger stuffed with pepper jack cheese and sweet and tangy cranberry BBQ sauce. Sheri paired this mouth-watering burger with a glass of cranberry iced tea and a side salad with a special (you guessed it) cranberry salad dressing. Shortly after the segment, the Zip Trip was over and we packed up our stuff, donated the remaining dried cranberries to the local food bank, Rose’s Bounty, and we were on our way to some well-deserved lunch.
Check out the segment here!
This past week, we visited Winchendon and the crowds were THERE. I arrived at Stephanie’s home at 4 am and we drove for a little over an hour to reach a Dunkin Donuts and our destination. We set up the tent just as The Country Hen from Hubbardston arrived with their Ford truck and their mascot, Esther Bonnie. (Don’t worry, the suit was air conditioned). We stood at our booth, telling people about the organic chicken feed used at The Country Hen and handed out coupons for the eggs, which are sold at local grocery stores. Many people who visited the booth raved about the eggs and swore that they could never go back to any other egg brand after trying these. At 8:15 it was time for Stephanie to get all dolled up and step on camera for the segment. She showcased a frittata recipe, a banana walnut bread, and a salad with hard boiled eggs. Along with these recipes, she detailed the health benefits of the lutein, choline, and all 3 omega-3s present in The Country Hen eggs. Yet again, the Zip Trip flew by and we packed up and headed home.
Check out the segment here!
This coming Friday we are heading to Beverly (a little closer- amen) with our client Gerbs Allergen Friendly Foods. We are now pros at setting up our tent, making fun of ourselves as we trip over words because we’ve gotten 4 hours of sleep, and spreading nutrition knowledge. Don’t forget to watch us this Friday, July 7th on Boston 25 News.