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Staying Healthy through Nutrition

Spring must be coming because everyday gardening magazines appear in my mailbox. I don’t garden beyond a few houseplants, but I do like to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables right from the farm or garden. My daily green smoothies depend on them. I find that eating all that healthy produce makes me feel stronger and healthier. If you would like to have the nutritional benefits of healthier eating, here are a few suggestions:

Sign up for a CSA Share

NOW is the time to sign up for a CSA share. Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a farm co-operative where independently owned, often organic farms grow vegetables, fruits, and sometimes even meats, dairy, and eggs specifically for members. Members buy a share early in the year, before the planting season, and every week, once the crops start to be harvested, receive a box of farm fresh produce.

Limited income families and individuals can often apply for cost-sharing programs that provide financial assistance for purchasing CSA vegetable shares. Health Insurance plans and HMOs often offer a rebate to members who join a CSA. Contact your local library for CSA contact information in your community.

 Community Gardens

Many communities provide low-income families and individuals an opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables in a community garden. In addition to the empowerment growing your own food provides, you will enjoy new personal relationships and cross-cultural exchanges as diverse people come together and work toward a mutual goal. As part of a community garden you may have access to garden workshops, initial tilling, seeds, supplies assistance, and more. Ask about  programs at your local agriculture or social services agency or at your library.                     

Your Local Food Co-Op

If a CSA share or growing your own food is not for you, perhaps the easiest way to get fresh fruits and vegetables is to shop at your local food co-op. You buy a share of a food co-op and then get a discount on groceries. Some offer even greater discounts to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or limited income, ask if your favorite store offers a discount.

Farmer’s Market

Visit a local farmer’s market for fresh produce, farm raised eggs and meats, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods all locally grown, raised, or made. What a great way to spend a morning and benefit from all that freshness all week long. Again your local library will know about markets in your area.

 For more ways to stay healthy through nutrition, and a recipe for one of my favorite green smoothies, visit www.MakingLifeEasier.com  and click on Tip Lists.





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