The Veteran's Administration hospital system has the most medical care facilities in the country. In St. Paul, Minnesota there is a large tertiary care VA hospital that provides the entire array of health care services.
I learned recently that the hospital also hosted a farmers' market during Minnesota's growing season last summer, which they modeled after Kaiser Permanente's markets. Hopefully, the markets can eventually spread throughout the VA system as they have throughout Kaiser Permanente.
As you shop at the Kaiser Permanente markets, they have a better chance of continuing to be the model for other health care systems.
There comes a point in cooking where one feels a certain thrill of discovery. I finally understood the basic steps in making soup. There are probably billions of people world-wide who already know this, but I am just getting it.
You can experiment a bit and not be tied to a recipe. You sauté chopped veggies, add seasonings and spices, add stock, beans, lentils, etc, simmer until done, then add things at the end. For instance, try this curried lentil soup. It's easy and excellent on a cold night.
The only other lentil soup I shared was lentil soup with chard and lemon (and meatballs). You may find brown or green lentils. Green lentils take a little longer to cook and hold their shape better so I added them while the stock was coming to a boil and added the brown lentils just before turning the soup down to a simmer.