Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available in grocery markets and from local growers.Not only are they refreshing during the summer, but they also help prevent heart disease and stroke. If you enjoy gardening, try planting a few vegetable seeds and see what happens. Get out of your box this summer and add some color to your diet!
If you’re like me, you are on a strict budget which can make eating healthy a challenge. Farmer’s Markets are abundant with fresh goods at reasonable prices, and are often organically grown. To find a local Farmer’s Market, search your town’s website or search on localharvest.org. Here are some tips for buying the right items at your local Farmer’s Market:
1. Make sure you know what’s in season: this produce will be available in abundance and often at a bargain price.
2. Go early or go late: for the best selection get there right in the morning. It’s often less crowded and the best produce goes first. For the best deal, go towards the end to see if vendors are willing to sell their goods for cheaper so they don’t need to be loaded back up.
3. Buy in bulk: the larger the quantity you buy, the better deal you are likely to get.
4. Become a regular and get to know the farmers: regulars often get the best deals because they build relationships with the farmers. Also, remember you won’t get a discount unless you ask.
If Farmer’s Markets aren’t your thing, or you don’t have any nearby, you can find good deals on fresh produce right at your local grocery store. Again, make sure you know what’s in season to get the most bang for your buck. Sometimes frozen produce can be less expensive and better fit for one or two person households. This will ensure you get the recommended 4.5 cups daily of fruits and vegetables within your budget.
For more recommendations and advice on seasonal produce, visit the American Heart Association’s website: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Seasonal-Produce—Spring-and-Summer_UCM_441181_Article.jsp.
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