Residents at the assisted living facility, formerly known as The Terrace, have recently begun asking for fresh vegetables at mealtime. They also agreed to help with some of the preparation to save time for kitchen staff.
“It (food) is always good anyway, but nothing is better than fresh,” said resident Magdalene Booth.
This week, administrator Barry Ferguson picked up two bushels of purple hull peas, a bushel of green beans, 100 ears of corn and other assorted vegetables at the Farmer’s Market in Birmingham and Sandlin Produce on North Airport Road in Jasper.
True to their word, 18 residents from each of the facility’s programs — independent living, assisted living and Memory Care — showed up Thursday morning to help snap, shell and shuck.
“What’s so special about our Memory Care being here is they may not remember their own families when they come, but they remember how to do this,” Ferguson said.
Activities director Darlene Hubbard said residents also participate in cooking demonstrations each Monday.
“Usually, I do the cooking, and they instruct me. It’s a good time for them to reminisce,” Hubbard said.
The vegetables prepared on Thursday are expected to be served in the HarborChase dining room today for lunch.