I had the privilege of meeting the ever-so-talented Bella Karragiannidis in March of 2015. We previously had been interacting through Instagram where I was first introduced to her stunning food photography and unique recipes. It quickly became clear that Bella truly embraced the notion that health starts with food and it can be more exciting and exotic than a side salad. At Urban Treehouse, we relish (pun always intended) this idea and believe that eating mindfully not only nourishes your body, but also heals the planet.

Photo by Bella Karragiannidis Photo by Bella Karragiannidis

“Our farmer’s market has a plethora of different vegetables available year round, even in the dead of winter, but most of the available vegetables are not commonly eaten in our modern food system.”

— Bella

 

Bella and I decided to meet at her stomping grounds, the farmers market held at The Fountains in Roseville, CA. I was blown away by the relationships she had with each of the regular vendors. She interacted with everyone on such a personal level and really gave meaning to the phrase “Know Your Farmer.” Bella fully embodies the ideals of living Farm to Fork.

Photo by Bella Karragiannidis Photo by Bella Karragiannidis

Here is a bit about the first recipe Bella is sharing with us:

“Winter is probably the one season that people do not consider to have a bountiful harvest of seasonal produce, but we have experienced quite the opposite. Our farmer’s market has a plethora of different vegetables available year round, even in the dead of winter, but most of the available vegetables are not commonly eaten in our modern food system. Vegetables of all sorts line the market tables every winter: turnips, rutabaga, daikon, kohlrabi – these winter crops are foreign to most of us, but sticking to seasonal eating means you have to be willing to try something new and by doing that you just may discover a hidden gem in those uncommon veggies. That is precisely what happened to us when we picked up some kohlrabi from the farmer’s market, they entered our kitchen as raw kohlrabi stems with their leaves still attached and entered our bellies as the most amazing kohlrabi fritters.” – Bella

Photo by Bella Karragiannidis Photo by Bella Karragiannidis Photo by Bella Karragiannidis Photo by Bella Karragiannidis

 

Photo by Bella Karragiannidis Photo by Bella Karragiannidis

 

To get the recipe for the kohlrabi fritters, click here!

We are excited to welcome Bella to the Urban Treehouse team and can’t wait to see what seasonal, farmers market inspired recipes she’ll come up with next!