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.
Big Heart of Art – 1000 Visual Mashups by Qthomas Bower
By Janelle Yahne
Library Circulation Associate
February 14th has been the traditional date for St. Valentine’s Day. It is a day to express love to your partner through food, trinkets, and personal favors. Information on the history of St. Valentine’s Day can be found on Wikipedia, of course, and on History.com which includes fun videos about different aspects of the day. The library carries books about relationships and chocolate.
February is also an important month for healthy heart awareness. The Center for Disease Control and American Heart Association are celebrating American Heart Month. To begin the awareness, people wore red to show support against Heart Disease on February 3rd. The Center for Disease Control is co-leading the Million Hearts program to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes. To be there for those who may need it, Valentine’s Day share February 14th with National Organ Donor Day to promote the organ donor registry. Below are items about taking care of your heart:
The woman’s heart : an owner’s guide by John A. Elefteriades and Teresa Caulin-Glaser
If St. Valentine’s Day and organ donation are not interesting, today is also Ferris Wheel Day. It might be too cold to ride one, but look here to see the world’s tallest Ferris wheels. If you would like to start a journey around the world instead, look here for information about the first Ferris wheel. We also have two titles in the catalog on George Ferris and the Ferris wheel to check out:
Enjoy the day!