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2 Publisher FEBRUARY 2017 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM I am deeply impressed by all the hard work Amanda and Jedidiah Stone, owners of Grounding Roots, have put into starting a farm- ers market in their parking lot on Sundays. Others have tried and failed, and I hope the community will sup- port this market so the vendors will want to keep coming. The more traffic they get, the more likely it is other vendors will want to come as well. The local and organic movement is taking hold in today’s culture. I have to be honest; until re- cently, I was sort of indifferent about the whole thing. Organic food can be expensive, and getting to farmers markets doesn’t always fit into my schedule. After all, I grew up on SpaghettiOs and Froot Loops, and I turned out just fine, right? Um ... maybe not. My generation was raised on easy food from boxes and cans. More mothers entered the work force in the ’70s, and days became busier for them. Life got harder, but food got easier. I remember how excited my mom was when we got our first microwave. Yet cancer has been on the rise, and studies now attribute a lot of it toward the preservatives and chemicals in our “easy” food. Thank God for science and the people who care enough to figure this stuff out. Our food has been killing us. But attitudes are changing. I stood in line behind a young mother the other night at Publix. Her cart was filled to the brim with diapers, sippy cups, juice boxes and whatever else was on the weekly shopping list for her family. That much I expected. What surprised me was the amount of healthy and organic food in her cart. While we’ve been hearing — for years — how important it is to eat whole foods, organic foods, hormone- and antibiotic- free meats, etc., I think it’s finally, really sinking in. As I write this, I’m on day five of a 30-day food detox — no coffee, alcohol, sugar, dairy, gluten, processed foods and a lot more. (Day one was awful. Not gonna lie.) Not having caffeine or sugar truly tested my will power. But now, I can hardly believe I’ve been able to do it — or how incredible I feel! It’s wild. Cutting the “crap” food from our diets helps our bodies fight harmful free radicals, and it makes us feel better. The funny thing is, we don’t even realize we need to feel better until we do. So keep on keepin’ on, Jed and Amanda. Thank you for help- ing us all get healthy. Consider turning over a new leaf You can worry less about what’s in your food when you visit an organic farmers market like the one now in the Grounding Roots parking lot every Sunday. Publisher/Editor Debbie Goetz Copy Editor Teresa TL Bruce Contributors Teresa TL Bruce, David Karch, Lindsay Chamberlin, Karima Lanfranco, Becky Dreisbach, Holly Hatcher Social Media Garin Thomas Production OPS Submissions If you have news you would like to share with your community, please email collegeparkpaper@gmail. com Advertising Colby Lopez email@example.com Policy Statement All submissions become the property of College Park Paper, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without permission of publisher. All advertisements, announcements and articles submitted are subject to refusal or editing at publisher’s discre- tion. ©2017 College Park Paper, LLC 648 Dartmouth Street Orlando, FL 32804 321-236-7455 collegeparkpaper.com CollegePark COMMUNITY PAPER Sharing the good news happening in the community since 1989 Publisher’s Desk Debbie Goetz Correction In the January article “College Park Arts Center finds new home,” the author was not made aware that while the original design plans for the future 7800-square-foot College Park Arts Center were created by Baker-Barrios, the updated designs and elevations CPAC will use for its future planning were created pro bono by College Park’s own Borrelli + Partners.