Get if Fresh!

Fresh Fruits and VegetablesNothing says summer like fresh fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of the season by feasting on local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t like to garden? Not a problem! Many communities in the United States offer at least one of the following options:

  1. Farmers markets offer fresh picked produce grown by local farmers. Produce availability will depend on the season and what grows best in your area. Depending on the ethnic diversity of your community, you may even be able to sample produce you have never heard of before.
  2. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an opportunity to buy into a farm without actually running it. Shareholders usually pay in advance or through monthly installments and are provided with a box of produce on a weekly or every other week basis which is dropped off at a designated site. Some CSAs offer reduced prices if you volunteer to work on the farm. Many CSAs also offer extra perks like half-boxes for busy people or couples, newsletters and recipe ideas that use the produce grown on the farm, and special events like picnics or berry picking outings.
  3. Pick-Your-Own Farms are a great way to get some exercise while you pick your own food straight off the farm. It is best to call the farm ahead of time to find out whether they have enough crops to pick that day. Also, remember to bring your sunscreen, a hat, and some water so you don’t get sunburned.

If you wind up with too much produce, never fear! Buying food when it is fresh and then canning or freezing it for later use is a great way to help bring memories of warm, sunny days to cold, winter nights.

About Meredith Hink MS, RD, CD

I am a Corporate Dietitian with a foodservice distribution company. My professional areas of interest include food safety and sanitation, food marketing, food law, and vegetarian nutrition. In my spare time I am an avid food photographer and enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.

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