Fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. Increasing the quantity of produce in your diet is the easiest way to boost your nutrition. These super-foods are calorie sparse, vitamin dense, superior sources of anti-oxidants and packed with essential nutrients. Produce does much more than just contribute healthy nutrients, essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they also help protect you from chronic diseases and they help you heal. In fact, fresh fruits and veggies boast multiple healing effects, from fighting cancer to reducing cholesterol, guarding against heart disease, aiding in weight loss, preventing allergies and so much more.
Fruit and Veggie 101
Money Saving Tips
1- Create a weekly meal plan that uses the same fruits and vegetables, but prepared in different ways.
2- Buy fruits and vegetables in season and at farmers’ markets or at your local grocery store.
3- Minimize waste, buying only the amounts you will eat.
4- Be creative! Enjoy your fruits and vegetables in different ways. Try baking apples or poaching pears with some cinnamon. Homemade soup is a healthy and tasty way to use vegetables. Smoothies and salsas are also a great use of produce.
5- Cut your fruits and vegetables at home. Pre-cut produce costs more than whole fruits and vegetables.
6- Pick your own at local farms. Late summer and early fall is a great time to pick your own. This is a fun and inexpensive way to buy in bulk.
7- To make fresh fruits and vegetables last longer, wash and dry after purchasing, then store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
Arlington Farmers Market
Location: Raymond & Collegeview Aves. Poughkeepsie.
Hours: June-Oct., Thurs., 3-7pm
City of Poughkeepsie Farmers Market
Location: 253 Main St., Poughkeepsie.
Hours:June-Oct., Fri., 10am-3pm
Hyde Park Farmers Market
Location: Hyde Park Town Center, Route 9, Hyde Park
Hours: June-Oct., Sat., 9am-2pm
Millbrook Farmers Market
Location: Front St. and Franklin Ave., Millbrook
Hours: May-Oct., Sat., 9am-1pm
Rhinebeck Farmers Market
Location: 23 E. Market St., Rhinebeck.
Hours: May-Nov., Sun., 10am-2pm
Brittany Hollow Farm
Red Hook, NY
Red Hook, NY 12571
Daisi Hill Farm
Wigsten’s Farm Market
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569