Eating healthy is a great goal for the Summer, and nothing says eating healthy like shopping at a West Michigan Farmers’ Market. The oldest and best-known is the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market, but each surrounding town, and many city neighborhoods host their own. Take a look at this Michigan Produce Availability chart if you aren’t sure what to expect to see grocery-wise at a market. Most Farmers’ Markets also sell blooming and edible plants if you’ve got a green thumb.
Visit your local farmers’ market regularly, and enjoy the seasonal selections.
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West Michigan is home to several Farmers’ Markets, and even more farm-based markets. My favorite is Fulton Street Farmers’ Market, not just because of the (mostly) locally-sourced produce, dairy, meat, plants and flowers – but because it’s a great place to people-watch while you sip a morning java,
Do you have the space and energy for a personal garden? Read April Philips’ Designing Urban Agriculture : A Complete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes. (Access with your GRCC user name and Raider #.)
Make a point to visit your local farmers’ market regularly this summer, and enjoy the seasonal selections. See you there!
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.