The farmer’s market is one of the best places to find fresh, nutritious, and delicious foods during the summertime. From all types of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, apples, watermelon, berries, the list could go on and on! One thing to keep in mind when shopping for fruits and vegetables is to purchase a variety of different colors. Because foods of different colors contain different vitamins and minerals, it is important to eat from all colors of the rainbow to give your body everything it needs to stay healthy.
Here are a few favorites to look for this year:
Although the growing time is short and sweet during May-June, it’s one of West Michigan’s largest crops! It is low in calories, fat and cholesterol free, and high in fiber. Asparagus is high in folic acid, Vitamins A, C, K, as well as other B vitamins and potassium. It is also ideal for low sodium diets as 100 g (or about 6 medium size spears) has only 1 milligram of sodium! Asparagus is good grilled, steamed, blanched, roasted, or even microwaved.
Another one of West Michigan’s largest crops and actually one of the biggest producers of blueberries in the United States. Blueberries are most recognized for their high amounts of antioxidants which may help fight aging, cancer and heart disease. They are also high in fiber and vitamins A and C. Look for them primarily July through September during their growing season. They are wonderful for eating fresh, cooking and baking, or try them as a frozen treat during the hot summer months.
AgeWell Services Lunch & Activity Center participants will have the opportunity to take a trip to the Muskegon Farmers Market during the month of July. Transportation is being provided as well as a boxed lunch. Visit one of our Lunch & Activity Centers to sign up today.