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Eating Seasonally: A Delicious Journey through the Seasons

Have you ever wondered why certain fruits and vegetables taste better at certain times of the year? That’s because they are in season! Eating seasonally means enjoying recently harvested food and reaping both flavor and nutrition benefits. Every three months, we transition into a new season, bringing a fresh abundance of produce. Each fruit and […]


Eating Over the Rainbow: A Fruit and Veggie a Day Challenge

  How often do you eat fruits and vegetables? A recent report showed many Kentucky children ages 1 through 5 years old do not eat at least one fruit or vegetable each day. There are many reasons why children or other family members do not eat fruit or vegetables daily. They might not have transportation […]


Must-Have Kitchen Tools for Budding Chefs

Are you ready to become a kitchen master? To create delicious meals, you need the right tools. Start by getting the basic cooking essentials, and as you gain more experience, explore additional kitchen tools that will make your cooking adventures even more exciting. Don’t worry if you can’t get everything at once – you can […]


The Nutritional Powerhouse: Blueberries

Introduction:  Blueberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit that offers a wide range of health benefits. Packed with flavor, fiber, and essential vitamins, blueberries make a perfect addition to your diet. In this article, we will explore the nutrition facts of blueberries, tips for selecting and storing them, and some creative ideas for incorporating them […]


Handling Chronic Illness

Millions of adults deal daily with chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The presence of a chronic illness results from irreversible biological processes that ultimately contribute to the disability and potential death of the person with the illness. Although disability or death may occur decades after diagnosis, the lengthy course […]


It’s Grilling Season! Grill Safely this Season and Beyond…

Grilling is a summer activity everyone enjoys.   It is a healthy way of cooking, and you can grill pretty much anything.  Burgers, chicken, seafood, and even fruits and vegetables are all delicious when cooked on the grill.  No matter what you’re cooking, though, follow the tips below to prevent foodborne illness and keep your family […]


Smoothie Basics : Build a Better Smoothie

There are many benefits of choosing smoothies for a refreshing snack or beverage. Often, smoothies have multiple food groups, which provide a variety of nutrients and energy. Depending on the ingredients, smoothies may serve as a meal, snack, or even dessert. Most smoothies have at least two fruits or vegetables. So, they are a great […]


Let’s Talk about Dry Milk!

Dry milk is a great option to consider when it comes to getting all the nutrients found in regular liquid milk. Not only that but adding extra dry milk to your meals is an excellent and affordable way to boost their nutritional value. There are two types of dry milk: regular and instant. Both types […]


Strawberries: Delicious and Nutritious Fruits

Strawberries are a favorite fruit for many people, and it’s no wonder why! These sweet and juicy berries are the first fruits to ripen in the spring and can be grown in every state in the United States. In fact, they are one of the most popular small fruits to grow in home gardens. Did […]


Enjoy Fresh Food and Support Local Economy: Shopping with Your EBT at Farmers’ Markets

Introduction: People from diverse backgrounds choose to buy locally for several reasons. They appreciate the freshness of the products and want to support their local economy. Additionally, knowing where their food comes from is important to them. Shopping locally not only benefits individuals but also contributes to the economic, environmental, social, and overall well-being of […]


Plan Ahead for Canning Season

Now is the time to start preparing  for canning season. It is always a good idea to purchase your supplies early so you are not running around hunting for supplies at the last minute. You can buy canning supplies at many grocery stores, home goods and farm supply stores, hardware stores, big box retailers, and […]


Enjoy Local Asparagus this Season!

Asparagus is not only delicious but also nutritious. You’ll find 22 calories, 2 grams of protein, and 4 grams of carbohydrates in just a half cup of steamed asparagus. It’s a great source of vitamin A and folate too. Plus, it’s low in calories, making it a smart choice for a healthy diet. When buying […]


Pawpaws in Kentucky!

Pawpaw trees can be found growing in thickets along the Eastern United States from New York to Florida.  This includes Kentucky.  You might even have some pawpaw trees growing on your property – they are common along riverbanks.  The tree has a slightly tropical appearance and produces a fruit, pictured below, that can grow up […]


Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

We often hear breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But why? Children who eat breakfast do better on tasks that require attention and higher-level brain functions. This means children who eat breakfast focus and concentrate better and have fewer behavior problems. They also have higher school attendance, fewer hunger-induced stomach aches, and better muscle […]


6 Tips for a Nutritious Breakfast

  Eating breakfast in the morning gives us the energy we need to start our day. Make a nutritious breakfast a priority by including whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein sources, such as egg, lean meat, low-fat dairy, nuts, and seeds, for a balanced meal that will fill you up in the morning. […]


Be Ready for an Emergency!

Even with the best alert systems in place, there is often little to no warning when severe weather or natural disasters strike. The best time to prepare is now.  Plan ahead for wind, rain, ice, or snow in case you need to survive on your own for a few days. Every household should have an […]


Enjoy Fresh and Healthy Blackberries: A Nutritious Treat for Everyone!

Blackberries are a delightful and tasty gift from nature, filled with vibrant colors and bursting flavors. From June to October, these juicy fruits grace our tables, bringing a range of health benefits. Blackberries are a delicious treat worth exploring, packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. In this article, we’ll dive into the nutritional value […]


Home Canning Tips : Food Preservation Basics

Now is a great time to start canning.  You can preserve some of your own fruits and vegetables or take advantage of the bounty of locally grown fruits and vegetables at your county’s farmers market.  Home canning can save money, provide gifts for family and friends and leave you with feelings of great accomplishment.  For […]


Kentucky has lots of opportunities for shopping at farmers’ markets

Kentucky has over 160 farmers’ markets across the state. These markets span across 110 of our 120 counties. There are nearly 2,700 vendors who sell at these markets, direct from farm to shopper. These vendors are the backbone of Kentucky’s local food system. There are many reasons to shop at a Kentucky farmers’ market. Buying […]