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Calling all middle school, high school and college athletes: It’s time to get fit! ChiroFit chiropractor Dr. Dave Crosson and CrossFit Barrington co-owners/coaches Brian Niven and Chris Bluse have joined forces to create a new summer Athletic Enhancement program to help you improve your game – whatever that game may be. Their goal is to provide a structured, safe, and properly coached program that addresses the whole athlete.
All three coaches are former college athletes: Dr. Dave Crosson played basketball, and CrossFit Coaches and Co-Owners Brian Niven and Chris Bluse were Division 1 and professional lacrosse players. Their athletic and professional experiences equip them with an exceptional knowledge base, all of which they applied in the creation of this program.
Dr. Crosson, who goes by “Dr. Dave” at ChiroFit, found CrossFit Barrington through a patient. He was immediately hooked on the diverse workouts, and has worked out there 5-6 days per week ever since. “In two years of working with CrossFit, I’ve personally seen more gains in strength and overall athletic ability than anywhere since I got out of college,” he says……
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After five years of reverse commuting from the city to their Barrington Hills farm, The Gentleman Farmer, organic farmers Dominic and Jessica Green are relocating their family to Barrington–and returning to Jessica’s roots. As they begin their fourth year growing for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, they’re also expanding their offerings and looking forward to selling their delicious, locally-grown produce at the Barrington Farmer’s Market.
Dominic and Jessica didn’t always plan on becoming farmers, nor did they envision a move to Barrington. It’s home for Jessica, a Barrington High School graduate, but Dominic hails from the South of England–and both are dyed-in-the-wool world travelers. They each had careers in the arts – Dominic as an actor, and Jessica as a dancer and Pilates instructor – but were looking for a lifestyle change. As new parents to their son Henry, born in 2008, they craved a more direct connection to food and community.
They also had access to Jessica’s family’s land in Barrington Hills–beautiful, fertile land just 35 miles from the city. As Dominic and Jessica sought direction for their next move, farming began to emerge as a strong contender.
It was during that time that the couple fell hard for the lifestyle and ethics of the River Cottage, a self-sustaining farming community founded by British chef and journalist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Jessica began researching the Stateline Farm Beginnings program through Angelic Organics, and the couple decided to apply.
Dominic says that the program provided them with invaluable training, but nothing compares to the farming experience itself. The Gentleman Farmer was certainly born in the Stateline Beginnings program, but has grown only through seasons of work in the field. “I’m like a toddler learning to walk, gaining stability each year,” he says. In his first year, he farmed a third of an acre, and grew vegetables for fifteen families and friends (Dominic and Jessica affectionately refer to that as year zero).
As their farm grew, so did their CSA membership and their following at the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, where loyal customers sought them out each week. Dominic increased his yields, and Jessica managed CSA subscriptions, maintained the website, and crafted newsletters each week.
Now in his fourth official year, Dominic is farming seven acres, two and a half of which will rest each year, planted with cover crops. The Gentleman Farmer is offering 100 twenty-week CSA shares this year (click here to sign up). “I’m planting 130 varieties of about 45 different vegetables,” Dominic says. This diversity is a key component of sustainable farming practices, and also ensures gorgeously varied boxes for CSA members.
Full Share CSA members receive a box each week; Half Share members receive a box every other week. The boxes – which members can either pick up at the farm or at Norton’s USA – each contain about 7-10 fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables. Members also receive a weekly CSA newsletter including notes from the farmer, recipes, nutritional information, photo and video updates on the crops and weekly harvest, and usually a fun farm anecdote.
Dominic and Jessica are also offering a new membership option this year called Worker Shares. In exchange for one shift of work at the farm each week of the season, Worker Share members will receive 1 full Vegetable CSA Share (worth $595). This is a formal commitment to work on the farm for one morning or one afternoon per week (4 – 5 hours). The work will include everything from seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing etc. It’ll be hard work, but the rewards will be delicious–and made that much sweeter by your labor.
Barrington resident Cory Flahaven tried two CSA programs before finding The Gentleman Farmer. “We really think that three times is the charm,” she says. “This is true Barrington local, and the communication Jessica provides is unsurpassed. Her recipes range from simple (which is sometimes perfect) to more sophisticated, and they’re always good.”
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We’re partnering with Heinen’s Grocery to share a new series of Sunday posts focused on a favorite weekly family ritual, the Sunday Supper. Sunday meals are a cherished way to slow down and reconnect with our children, spouses, family and friends. In the coming weeks, we’ll be celebrating Sunday Suppers at homes around Barrington, thanks to Heinen’s, and right here at 365Barrington.com.
Heinen’s will be offering a gift card to one Barrington family each week to put dinner on their tables with groceries hand picked from Heinen’s. In turn, each participating family will share their photos and thoughts here at 365Barrington about the personal significance of gathering weekly for Sunday Suppers.
We’re starting today with a post shared by Barrington photographer, 365 Barrington contributor and mother-of-four, Sally Roeckell. Not only does Sally love to cook for her family, she created a website all about cooking for her kids, which you’ll find at TableAndDish.com.
Heinen’s Sunday Supper – Week 1
by Sally Roeckell, Barrington photographer and mother of four
Dinners are a coveted time for families these days. Usually gathering as family is an abbreviated, poorly attended event because of the crazy schedule of our young people. Gone are the nightly dinners timed for Dad’s arrival home from work. Now, with sports practices, games, theater, music, studies and peer groups, we are lucky if we are all together for dinner twice a week.
As a child, I fondly remember the long trek to either of my grandparents’ homes for Sunday’s meal. I work hard to keep that tradition alive in my own way and Sundays have become sacred in our house as time for family, church and conversations shared around the dinner table. I look forward to my time spent shopping at Heinen’s for fresh seafood, meats and produce to prepare Sunday’s meal each week for my family.
Taking time to prepare thoughtful dishes is one way I like to show my family just how much they mean to me. When Heinens Grocery and 365 Barrington asked me to write about one of our family Sunday suppers, I was thrilled.
For our family, supper used to be the evening meal. Today it’s whenever we can gather together. Sometimes Sunday supper is even brunch. Whatever it takes to bring our kids to the table and be together.
Because dinners with the whole family don’t happen every day in our home, I have to admit, I’m a bit of a stickler about table manners. When else will I teach them? So I’m not everyone’s favorite when I start with “no elbows”, “take smaller bites”, “chew with your mouth closed” and “sit up straight”. It’s my job. I’m mom!
During our Sunday suppers, I hope I’m giving my kids an appreciation for great food and for dining instead of just eating.
The food is the main attraction but, for me, connecting with each other is the highlight. All of the elements of conversation, sharing, taking our time listening, learning about each other’s lives, this is what I find to be most valuable.
This quality time together gives Dad the opportunity to turn ordinary discussion into teaching moments. It’s a beautiful chance to discuss the day’s Gospel, current events, schoolwork and get to know our kids’ thoughts on the world. We can only hope that whatever topic was turned into a lesson on this day will stay with them. Soon they will be in the world without us and I pray Sunday suppers will bring them back.
This is the reason I make Sunday Suppers a priority. It’s the ones I feed. At the end of the day, when all the wonderful and dirty aspects of parenting are done, no matter what trials we face my heart is filled with gratitude for the blessing they all are to me daily.
This Sunday, we are all here for dinner. The table is set, everyone’s cooking and here’s what’s on our menu, thanks to the very best ingredients from Heinen’s Grocery in Barrington (You’ll find all of our recipes below):
Grilled Bread with Basil and Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Fennel Baked Side of Salmon, Tomato & Basil Salad with Anchovy Dressing, Wild Mushroom, Leek & Goat Cheese Tart and Almond Olive Oil Orange Cake with Orange Glaze.
Thank you, Heinen’s, for this opportunity to share how important Sunday Suppers are to our family.
Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meathead’s) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.
CLICK HERE for Sally’s Recipes……