Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. Increasing the quantity of produce in your diet is the healthiest way to significantly help your body function at it's best. These super-foods are calorie sparse and vitamin dense, meaning they pack a lot of nutritional punch. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. Produce does much more than just contribute healthy nutrients, essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they also help protect you from chronic diseases and they help you heal. In fact, fresh fruits and veggies boast multiple healing effects, from fighting cancer to reducing cholesterol, guarding against heart disease, aiding in weight loss and so much more.

There are hundreds of extremely nutritious and tasty options to choose from! So no matter what your preference is, there is always some fruits and veggies that are waiting to tickle your taste buds. Eat these super-healing picks and start feeling pretty super yourself.

Fruit and Veggie 101
Money Saving Tips

1- Create a weekly meal plan that uses the same fruits and vegetables, but prepared in different ways.

2- Buy fruits and vegetables in season and at farmers' markets or at your local grocery store.

3- Minimize waste, buying only the amounts you will eat.

4- Be creative! Enjoy your fruits and vegetables in different ways. Try baking apples or poaching pears with some cinnamon. Homemade soup is a healthy and tasty way to use vegetables. Smoothies and salsas are also a great use of produce.

5- Cut your fruits and vegetables at home. Pre-cut produce costs more than whole fruits and vegetables.

6- Pick your own at local farms. Late summer and early fall is a great time to pick your own. This is a fun and inexpensive way to buy in bulk.

7- To make fresh fruits and vegetables last longer, wash and dry after purchasing, then store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

Farm Markets

Arlington Farmers Market

Location: Raymond & Collegeview Aves. Poughkeepsie.

Hours: June-Oct., Thurs., 3-7pm

URL: Arlingtonbid.org

City of Poughkeepsie Farmers Market

Location: 253 Main St., Poughkeepsie.

Hours:June-Oct., Fri., 10am-3pm

Contact: 845/473-1415

Hyde Park Farmers Market

Location: Hyde Park Town Center, Route 9, Hyde Park

Hours: June-Oct., Sat., 9am-2pm

Contact: 845/229-9111

Millbrook Farmers Market

Location: Front St. and Franklin Ave., Millbrook

Hours: May-Oct., Sat., 9am-1pm

Contact: 845/677-4304

URL: MillbrookFarmersMarket.com

Rhinebeck Farmers Market

Location: 23 E. Market St., Rhinebeck.

Hours: May-Nov., Sun., 10am-2pm

Contact: 845/876-7756

URL: RhinebeckFarmersMarket.com

Barton Orchards
Poughquag, NY
(845) 227-2306

Brittany Hollow Farm
Red Hook, NY
(845) 758-3276
Greig Farms
Red Hook, NY 12571
(845) 758-1234

Daisi Hill Farm
Millerton, NY
(518) 789-3393

Wigsten's Farm Market
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
(845) 635-1570

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