Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month? It only makes sense, especially when you make a trip to one of our area’s great local farmer’s markets. On any given day in June you’ll find blueberries and maybe a smattering of blackberries, bright yellow squash, crisp lettuce, and even produce that’s a little less mainstream, like bok choy and rutabaga. I love walking through, talking to the farmers and vendors, dreaming of all the good meals I’ll eat with the food I buy, and chatting with friends and neighbors. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a couple of hours on a summer day.
The USDA designated June National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables month not only because this is a great time of year to find fresh produce readily available, but also to help encourage everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables. Whether they’re fresh or frozen, canned or squeezed into a juice, fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. With the new USDA dietary guidelines that came out in 2010, My Plate, the recommendations are for fruits and vegetables to make up at least half of your plate. They’re one of the best sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals and helpful chemicals like antioxidants that you can find, all of which helps prevent disease and keep us healthy.
So take a trip to one of our local farmer’s markets and fill your plate up with fresh fruits and vegetables. Even if you have picky eaters at home, you’ll find that the colorful produce might just entice them to try something new.
Stokes County Farmer’s Markets
Stokes Future Farmer’s Market
Pioneer Community Hospital, Danbury
Friday 2-6 p.m., through the end of September. In addition to local produce, you’ll also find jams, breads, soaps and local artists selling crafts.
King Farmer’s Market
Main Street, King
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
Stokes Farmer’s Market
Main Street Diner, Walnut Cove
Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.