FRUIT & VEGGIE

Post image for Healthy Eating: Are Pomegranates a Miracle Fruit?

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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Post image for Best in Season Fruits and Vegetables to Cook with this Fall

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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Post image for The Veggie Girl: Watermelon’s wonderful wiles

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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Post image for Harvest in Calgary

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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Post image for Fruits provide essential vitamins, minerals and natural phyto-chemicals.

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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Post image for Valley consumers opt for produce fresh from farm

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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Post image for That’s bananas! The potential demise of the world’s most popular fruit

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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Post image for Produce Growers, Retired Teachers Diversify their Farm Ventures

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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Post image for Pick, buy or grow your own bounty of blueberries

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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Post image for Girls eat only half their five-a-day of fruit and vegetables, research finds

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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Post image for Hiding vegetables in food shown effective against childhood obesity

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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Post image for Mangoes and meds now selling at your local drug store

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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Post image for Around the Home: Fresh, economical produce can be saved for winter

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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Post image for Things We Take For Granted: The H Street Farmers Market

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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Post image for Produce from the prisoners

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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Post image for Do Mobile Food Markets Increase Urban Food Access?

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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