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Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas!

Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas! posted on Oct 27

Halloween is just around the corner. Are you ready?? As a parent, it’s hard not to think of candy this time of year, and your kids are probably eager to go trick or treating, or to welcome boys and ghouls (sorry) to your house. But   …Continue Reading Sweet and Healthy Halloween Ideas!

Getting to the Root of Some Tasty Vegetables!

Getting to the Root of Some Tasty Vegetables! posted on Sep 29

Fall is in full bloom with its wide selection of root vegetables available to our families! The truth is…these veggies that grow and sprout out of the dirt can be a little intimidating to some of us. They have a thicker skin, longer stems and   …Continue Reading Getting to the Root of Some Tasty Vegetables!

Goodbye berries, Hello Apples!

Goodbye berries, Hello Apples! posted on Sep 18

Saying farewell to summer fruits and vegetables can be hard. But, once you remember all of the delicious produce that the autumn harvest brings, the season just gets better and better. Apples are one of my favorite fruits of the fall. There are many varieties   …Continue Reading Goodbye berries, Hello Apples!

Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun

Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun posted on Aug 19

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Take them to a farmers’ market! With more and more markets featuring demonstrations, music and other entertainment, it’s a great family outing. As an added bonus, bringing your children to a farmers’ market may   …Continue Reading Children + Farmers’ Markets = Fun

Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way!

Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way! posted on Jul 1

On a gorgeous day, who doesn’t love a picnic? Picnics and cookouts can be a great way to have fun with friends and family in the summer…unless someone gets sick from the food. Don’t let anything get in the way of your summer celebrations. Just   …Continue Reading Enjoy the Picnic Season—the Safe Way!

The Pleasures of Local Food!

The Pleasures of Local Food! posted on May 6

With spring here and summer on its way, now is a great time to try local food.  Local food is fresher and often tastes better than foods we find in grocery stores.  Buying local can also help us feel more connected to our community while   …Continue Reading The Pleasures of Local Food!

A Taste of Summer…in the Spring!

A Taste of Summer…in the Spring! posted on Apr 9

It’s spring, chances are it’s raining, and the kids may be out of school.  Watching TV or movies all day may seem relaxing, but is it the healthiest option?  Probably not.  To prevent the indoor blues, why not create a “staycation” and give your children   …Continue Reading A Taste of Summer…in the Spring!

Don’t be fooled by these food myths!

Don’t be fooled by these food myths! posted on Mar 31

There are plenty of myths about food and nutrition that we hear all the time. In the honor of April Fool’s Day, we are going to do a little bit of “myth-busting” for these food and nutrition “facts.” MYTH: Popcorn is an unhealthy snack. FACT:   …Continue Reading Don’t be fooled by these food myths!

Fighting Cabin Fever!

Fighting Cabin Fever! posted on Feb 19

  About this time of year, snow has stopped being charming.  You and the kids just want to get outside and walk somewhere without bundling up and trudging through slush.  As creativity for indoor activities and winter meals runs low, TV and take out begin   …Continue Reading Fighting Cabin Fever!

A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day! posted on Feb 10

Six weeks ago, one of your New Year’s resolutions may have been to encourage your family to eat healthier foods.  But now Valentine’s Day, with all the sweets that go with it, will soon be here.  While it’s tempting to load up on heart-shaped candy,   …Continue Reading A Healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!