Lani Telian, Department of Public Health
If someone asked me if I wanted fruit containing over 200 seeds, I’d (not so) politely decline and settle for a less-complicated banana.
But if that same person asked me if I wanted a strawberry, it would be halfway to my mouth before they could get the husk off. A strawberry is a funny thing – it’s the only fruit with seeds on the outside, and it’s a part of the rose family. Nothing could sound weirder but taste better. Not only that, but as this month’s ChopChop newsletter points out, they’re packed with vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium and antioxidants.
This year with the early warm weather and all the recent rain, farmers all over the state are producing some of the yummiest strawberries ever. The best thing about picking your own? You’re up and out and moving around. There’s no easier way to be active while you load up on healthy fruits at the same time. But there’s somewhat of a small window for picking strawberries, so don’t let your family miss out on the fun this month!
June 15th, 22nd, & 29th:
Restaurants, cafes and markets across the state are taking part is the 5th annual Strawberry Dessert Festival in support of the Mass Farmers Markets’ Association.
Come out to Connors Farm Strawberry Festival in Danvers for some good music and delicious farm country cooking.
Celebrate Strawberry Day at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln with berry-themed crafts and activities, wildlife demonstrations, and samples from their farm stand. Pick your own strawberries between 10:00am and 2:00pm.
- bring water and sunscreen.
- wash your strawberries just before you’re ready to eat them, instead of ahead of time – that's because washing makes the berries spoil quicker.
- freeze extra berries in a resealable plastic bag – this will help them last for months.
So, don’t let strawberry season pass you by – get out there and pick 'em while they last!
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Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
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Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014