Nutrition Series: Local Produce

We will be posting a short series of posts with helpful nutrition tips and videos. Thank you to our nutrition students at JMU for these great resources!

Fresh produce is full of vitamins and minerals and is good for our bodies! We can buy them from the grocery store, farmers market or get them Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB).

The nice thing about the Harrisonburg farmers market is that they accept EBT cards and they have the “Double Value Program”. The program matches what you spend up to $10.  If you spend $10 they will give you $10 to spend. If you spend $5 they will give you $5. This is a great way to stretch your food budget! The market is held Tuesdays and Saturdays every week. That could be an extra $80 a month to spend on food!

Some of the seasonal produce offered at the farmer’s market and at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank may be new to you. This short video shows just one way to prepare spaghetti squash. When it is mixed with tomato sauce, its flavor is close to spaghetti and by replacing pasta with squash you get more vitamins B6 and C and less calories.

 

Now I know the following two links include squash but the seasonal options at the market and from BRAFB include apples, peaches, watermelon, broccoli, eggplant, onions, garlic, (sweet) potatoes, green beans, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, and tomatoes.