Consider Introducing Veggie Burgers At Youth Sports Tournaments

My sons' rugby club recently hosted an annual multi-county tournament. The club was responsible for providing food and drinks at a concession stand. As a vegetarian parent, I suggested to their coach that veggie burgers would be a healthy alternative to the typical hamburgers and hot dogs that my own sons wouldn't eat. He agreed.

Not knowing how well veggie burgers would sell at a rugby tournament, I supplied twenty-four patties. Twenty sold the first day. The second day when the teen- agers played, all sold within the first two hours. We'll know to have more on hand next time!

As a parent volunteer working the cash box, I acknowledged each person who purchased a veggie burger and expressed thanks for their support. Several people were relieved that finally the vegetarian in their family truly felt accommodated at an event where typically only meat products are on the menu. A few stated health reasons for their selection and one person just wanted a change from meat. I encountered absolutely no hostility, dislike, or sarcasm from anyone regarding the non-meat menu listing.

Jeanne Y., via e-mail

The 50+ Vegan Crowd

How great to see two articles for the over 50 reader in Issue 3 2013.

Vegetarian Journal! My new book, co-authored with Virginia Messina, MPH, RD and Carol J. Adams, is also for those of us in the second half of our lives. Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over 50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet is available.

With more than 75 recipes that are ideal for the 50+ vegan, it also includes information and advice about issues that younger people may not face: the legacy we want to leave; socializing with friends old and new; how and why to move toward veganism; family concerns and behaviors when you go vegan; and a theory and practice of caregiving as a vegan. I hope you will continue to write for those of us over 50.

With ongoing thanks for all the good work VRG does,

Patti B., via e-mail