seasonal produce

Shopping at a Farmers Market

Have you ever heard of a farmers market? Maybe you’ve heard of a farmer, who is someone who grows and harvests food. Farmers markets are usually outdoor areas with sections where each farmer sells their fruits, veggies, or meat to the community to make money. It is also where artists, bakers, or makers can sell… Read more »

Summer Food Ideas

What we choose to eat is influenced by many factors, such as taste preferences, culture, season, and weather. Summer makes me think of barbecues, picnics, eating from the garden, and cold treats to cool off. Eat smart this summer with these ideas for warm weather recipes.

2017 Spring Recipes

  Spring has sprung and local produce is headed to your nearest farmers market! Strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, peas, and more are in season in spring. The changing seasons are always a good time to refresh your diet and try some new recipes. 

 

Spring Produce Recipes

Is everyone else as excited about spring’s arrival as I am? The vibrant green of the leaves and grass as they start to grow is by far my favorite color. And with all this plant growth, you know what that means… fresh fruits and veggies are on their way!

 

Winter Produce Recipe Round-up 2016

It may not feel like it with the unusually warm weather, but today is the official first day of winter. My favorite part is that starting tomorrow, the days will begin to get longer again. Yay! Winter is not typically thought of as a prime time for seasonal produce. However, many local farmers are able… Read more »

 

All About Apples!

October is National Apple Month and Virginia grown apples are plentiful across the state. Apples are one of the most popular fruits, especially for kids, and are one of the most affordable produce options. With thousands of varieties, each with a different taste, texture, and color, everybody can find an apple they like. I prefer… Read more »

 

2015 Fall Produce Recipe Round Up

Fall weather is upon us in Virginia. The nights are cooler, the mornings are foggier, and the leaves are more colorful every day. With the changing season comes the harvest of fall fruits and vegetables.

 

Summer Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

Summer is prime time for locally grown seasonal produce. Which means that the variety, availability, and prices are the best of the year. Whether it’s coming from the grocery store, the farmers market, or your own garden, summer produce is sure to help you and your family eat smart and make half your plates fruits… Read more »

 

Winter Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

Despite the cold, snowy weather we’ve been having, there is still locally grown produce in season! Farmers use season extending techniques, like greenhouses and high tunnels, to keep their cold-hardy vegetables protected from the elements. And many crops can be stored to enjoy all winter long. What’s in Season in Winter? Winter Produce Recipes Orange… Read more »

 

Fall Fruits and Veggies Recipe Round-Up

The first day of fall was this week and already the weather is beginning to change. The nights are cooler and the days are noticeably shorter. As sad as I am to see summer go, I am excited about all of my favorite fall foods- apples, pumpkins, winter squash, cranberries, etc. What fall foods are… Read more »