Farm promotes "slow food" movement

By Anna Carrera

Published 06/19 2014 04:18PM

Updated 06/19 2014 06:51PM

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- An area businesswoman took a class about farming a few years ago and now she's using those skills in her life. Shea Belahi owns and operates Heirloominous Farm.

She started growing heirloom vegetables like kale, peppers and tomatoes. Belahi says it takes a little more work, but they taste a lot better. She's part of a new movement, "slow food," instead of fast food.

Belahi says, "A lot of times, we don't actually know what a carrot tastes like anymore because we're so used to the quick stuff we get out of the grocery store. It's really trying to get back to those roots of enjoying our food and not always being on the move and just savoring the moment."

Belahi is going to be a U.S. delegate for an international gathering of fishers, farmers and chefs in Italy in the fall. It's called Terra Madre.

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