FRUIT & VEGGIE

Pomegranates were around centuries before their juice became the it drink about a decade ago. While a longtime favorite in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries, pomegranates were once mostly grown for decorative purposes in the U.S., incorporated into holiday garlands, wreaths and cornucopias. Such a misunderstood fruit, and for good reason. Its leathery skin, although [...]

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One of the best things about fall is the abundance of fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ markets and produce aisles at the grocery store. The stalls and shelves are literally overflowing with the fall harvest — apples, grapes, squash, pumpkins, cabbage — all of which provide excellent inspiration for cozy, comforting fall dishes. Here [...]

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Since watermelon is a big player at summer picnics and backyard barbecues, it seems the perfect topic for Labor Day weekend. No doubt many readers will enjoy its pink, juicy fleshiness during summer’s last hurrah, and I’ll be among them. The watermelons of my childhood in the 1960s and 1970s were a different animal than [...]

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The Calgary Herald / by Jessica Patterson Surrounded by farm country, Calgary is a produce paradise Fall is a delicious time of year, when locally harvested vegetables and fruits make their way into restaurants and Calgarians’ kitchens, ripe and bursting with flavour. At the height of fall harvest, carrots, corn, squash and peppers, leafy greens [...]

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Fruits provide essential vitamins, minerals and natural phyto-chemicals and all those people who live longer and suffer less from strokes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancers have enjoyed a high consumption of fruit all their lives. Fruits offer a kaleidoscope of colours and nutrients, each fruit having its own particular value and qualities. Apples [...]

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Nick Salazar has become a modern day milkman of sorts. Except Salazar is selling fresh fruits and vegetables and delivering them to peoples’ homes and offices. Every week, the Reedley farmer collects his customers’ orders and packs their boxes with everything from potatoes to pluots. Salazar has about 125 members who pay $30 a week [...]

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Bananas are cheap (at less than 80 cents per pound, they’re one of the lowest-cost fruits available). They’re convenient to eat, and you can buy them almost everywhere. But it hasn’t always been so – in fact, it’s a marvel that they ever became a supermarket staple. The bananas we eat today are the result [...]

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DENVER, Pa. — After a combined 50-plus years of teaching schoolchildren, along with 30-plus years of growing seasonal produce (primarily asparagus, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) alongside their school duties, “retirees” Margi and Dan Burkholder are enjoying many new adventures on the Burkholders’ Ever-Green Farm in Denver, Pa. Though formerly professional teachers, the pair never stopped [...]

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I just got back from picking blueberries. I happened to see the farm sign in Sale Creek and stopped during my lunch hour. Less than an hour later, I had picked more than eight pounds for about $10. That’s not counting the handfuls I ate while picking. Pollination was excellent, and fruit set was incredible [...]

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Doctors have voiced fears about teenagers’ health after new government research showed that many children’s diets contain too much saturated fat and too little fruit, vegetables and iron. Girls’ eating habits emerged as a particular concern: those aged 11 to 18 consume on average only 2.7 of the recommended five portions a day of fruit [...]

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A new study suggests parents exercise a little creative trickery for the sake of their children’s health and sneak vegetables in their food. In a feat of well-intentioned but crafty culinary deception, researchers at Pennsylvania State University managed to get preschool children to consume nearly twice as many vegetables and 11 percent fewer calories over [...]

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There has been much discussion in Echo Park about a possible Fresh & Easy opening in the Sunset Boulevard space left vacant by the closure of Save A Lot market earlier this year.  But while residents debate the pros and cons of a Fresh & Easy, and some hold out for a Trader Joe’s, it [...]

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Ah, July … it brings back memories of helping mother can and freeze copious amounts of fresh-from-the-field vegetables and fruits. We didn’t have a garden, but mother knew every truck farmer for miles around. Without warning, she would arrive home with four or more bushels of speckled butter beans and purple-hull peas, etc. We canned [...]

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I grew up in the country, on a farm, where fresh produce was in abundance all summer long. Our plates were full of fresh corn, okra, tomatoes, cabbage, kale, shallots, berries, and the likes all summer long. We never needed to visit the produce aisles of our local supermarket, because everything we needed was right [...]

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As three people filled bags Thursday afternoon from plastic tubs filled with fresh produce lining the sidewalk east of the Good Shepherd Thrift Shop, one woman shouted words to a passerby guaranteed to soon add to the number. “There’s corn today,” the woman yelled. More correctly, the woman should have added the word “free.” The [...]

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Can expanding the value of SNAP assistance and implementing a mobile farmers market have an appreciable effect on urban inner city communities? Two metro areas are trying to find out. Camden, NJ and Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri have implemented programs to match the value of SNAP assistance as well as using mobile fresh food [...]

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