When healthy, local, sustainable food is the family business, you learn to love cooking, appreciate the way a healthy diet makes you feel, and to look a bit more deeply into where your food comes from. 30 years ago my father started Ellwood Thompson’s, an independent organic market in Richmond, Va. I have seen countless examples of how buying local and organic food is better for your health, helps the entire community and in some cases even benefits the planet.
Professionally trained as an elementary educator, I wed my passion for wellness with my background in education and became a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I was taught to deconstruct dietary and lifestyle needs into a personalized approach to a healthier life.
That experience made it abundantly clear that while many people want to eat healthy and support local farmers, they don’t always enjoy cooking, much less have the time for it. At the prompting of a few such clients, I began planning and creating healthy, nutrient dense meals for others and Weezie’s Colorful Kitchen was born.
Today, I am passing on the core values taught to me by my father: supporting local community and improving health of others through nutritious and delicious meals; promoting a cleaner environment by replacing single-use plastic and styrofoam to-go containers with a reusable cooler bags, glass containers, and jars; and composting all food scraps to divert waste from landfills and enrich the community’s soil and crops as a result. I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love- painting a colorful plate with thoughtfully sourced ingredients.