By Janelle Yahne
Marcia wrote about gardening recently, but did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month? It is important to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables daily since it is full of many vitamins and minerals. Also, the less food travels, the better and fresher the food becomes.
If you are like me living without a green thumb, there are numerous farmers markets around Grand Rapids with one of the largest on Fulton Street. Local farmers sell produce, artisans sell handcrafted items, and you can even get handmade food items at farmer’s markets. It is a great opportunity to support local vendors and feel healthier.
For tech lovers, there are numerous websites to help you know what is in season, recognize ripe produce, and how much delicious food should be consumed. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a great site to help people increase healthy food consumption that works with the MyPlate program from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). To promote National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, the USDA also has an extra site full of helpful information to increase consumption.
We also have useful books at the library and streaming videos to watch in our catalog with great recipes and ideas to prepare fruits and vegetables. Come on in and learn how eat and feel better with fresh fruit and vegetables.