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May 28, 2014

Extension Update: Take advantage of the new farmers market

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Did you know that some food travels about 1500 miles before it reaches the grocery store? It can be helpful to know where your produce is coming from and even when it was harvested. You can do both when you visit your local farmers’ market. The farmers market in Live Oak is back! It is in full swing every Friday from noon till six p.m. at John H. Hale Park and it is now being managed with a new set of rules that will help to insure that the produce is grown locally. Support your local farmers and yourself by shopping there whenever possible. 

 May is a good month for bell peppers, blueberries, cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes, sweet corn, eggplant, cabbage and mango in Florida, to name just a few. For a complete list go to: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Marketing-and-Development/Consumer-Resources/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/Crops-in-Season

Remember, the key to healthy eating is diversity. Don't just grab the same old lettuce for your salad.

 Add some new items to the mix. Virtually all fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories, while providing fiber and other key nutrients. Most Americans should eat more than 3 cups—and for some, up to 6 cups—of vegetables and fruits each day. Vegetables and fruits don’t just add nutrition to meals; they add color, flavor, and texture too. Eat a rainbow!

 Also remember to use fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season. They are easy to get, have more flavor, and are usually less expensive. Your local farmer’s market is a great source of seasonal produce. Some fresh vegetables and fruits don’t last long. Buy small amounts more often to ensure you can eat the foods without throwing any away. Plan to go to the farmers market every Friday.

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