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Final June Table Talk Wednesday explores traditional foods


Nancy Woodruff

Nancy Woodruff


Marion Sansing

Marion Sansing



Special to The Dispatch



"We have almost forgotten that our natural state is one of balance, wholeness and vitality." This is a quote from Sally Fallon's intriguing book, "Nourishing Traditions," which Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will explore at its June 26 Table Talk. Fermentation experts Nancy Woodruff and Marion Sansing from Starkville will lead the audience through ramifications of this new/old way of eating in their presentation, "What are traditional foods? Who is Sally Fallon? Why do you need to know?" 


"Fermented foods have become a hot topic in nutrition, and we are fortunate to have Nancy and Susan with us to lead us through this important terrain," said Friends board member Deborah Johnson. 


Both are recognized as having been actively involved in food and farming issues at the state and local level for years and are co-owners of Southern Cultured, which makes traditionally produced products as well as probiotic-rich, fermented foods for better health and local markets.  


Woodruff and Sansing are certified in several holistic health practices. Woodruff also serves on the board of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, the Steering Committee for the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, and the Advisory Board of Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute, among many others.  


"They'll be here to tell us how a simple transformation in what we eat can have a dramatic effect on our health and well being," Johnson noted.  


According to Woodruff, "Do you know that our brains are starved for good quality, fat soluble nutrients, that our guts are desperate for beneficial flora and that obesity and starvation have something in common: malnutrition? Sally Fallon (of Wise Traditions) and the Weston A. Price Foundation challenge conventional nutrition thinking while teaching us how to create nutrient dense, toxin-free, probiotic-rich diets for rebuilding health from the inside out." 


"Join Friends of the Library Wednesday for a lively discussion on this important, life-enhancing subject," urged Johnson. "Nancy and Susan will be sharing delicious samples of beet kvass and, as usual, Friends will provide the tea." 


The free event takes place in the main meeting room of the library located at 314 Seventh St. N. Bring-your-own-bag lunch starts at 11:30 a.m.; the program begins at noon.



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