Entries in Produce (2)


USDA: Farmers Markets Thrive on Higher Demand for Local Produce

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Growing demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables has resulted in a big jump in the number of farmers markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of farmers markets increased nearly 10 percent this year to more than 7800 across the country.

The increase is no surprise to farmer Jeff Bialas who has been selling his produce at a Manhattan farmers market for 20 years.

“People are understanding that it's better to eat local,” he said. “The quality of the food is better and you're supporting your neighbors.”

California and New York have the most markets, followed by Massachusetts. The USDA says it noticed significant increases over the last year in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

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Frozen Vegetables and Fruit Just as Nutritious as Fresh?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With global food prices on the rise, consumers are searching to find less expensive alternatives to fresh produce.  Now one health expert says that frozen and canned vegetables might be just what grocery shoppers are looking for. 

American Diabetic Association spokeswoman Keri Gans told MyHealthNewsDaily that frozen and canned goods are just as nutritious and fresh as the vegetables found in the produce section of your local supermarket.

Gans suggests that because the foods are packaged when they're at their peak ripeness, the nutritional benefits are not lost.  Plus, Gans says, "you can stock up on them."

The Small Change Diet author gave suggestions on choosing frozen and canned foods:

1. Do not choose frozen vegetables that come with added sauce.  Many of these sauces contain extra calories.  Buy your own spices or cheeses, etc., to add to frozen vegetables after steaming or cooking.

2. Frozen fruits can be unthawed and added to cereals or yogurt.

3. Buy frozen or canned goods that have little or no salt added.  The same goes for added sugar.

4. Buy frozen or canned fruit that is packed with its own natural juices, rather than fruit packaged in sugary syrups.

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