Video: Heart-healthy shopping at your local farmers market

Michigan ranks fourth in the nation in the number of markets

Now is the right time to visit your local farmers market for fresh, delicious produce.

Michigan ranks fourth in the nation in the number of farmers markets, so If there isn’t one in your community, you’re sure to find one in a nearby city or town.

University of Michigan Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sarah Meyers points to just a few of the benefits of shopping at a farmers market:

  • Fresh, local, heart-healthy fruits and vegetables are readily available. Choose from apples, broccoli, squash and kale, just to name a few.
  • Making friends with your area farmers gives you opportunities to learn about how your food is grown. Farmers can also teach you how to pick and prepare the tastiest produce.
  • By shopping at your local market, you’re helping the environment by reducing shipping and processing costs.
  • Produce is often less expensive than store-bought versions, so you’ll save money.
  • What you spend at your farmers market goes directly to the farmers, so it stays in the community.

Shopping at your local farmers market is a win-win for everyone: You get fresh, tasty local produce, the environment benefits and the local economy grows.

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Five tips for heart-healthy eating

U-M nutritionists share favorite tips on Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Day

fruit veggie heart blogThe theme for this year’s Nutrition Month (throughout March) is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” In honor of this, as well as today’s Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Day, we asked the U-M Cardiovascular Nutrition Team to share tips for heart-healthy eating. Here’s what they had to say …

1. There’s no one size fits all

“Diets abound, from vegetarian to meat-based, from low carb to ‘the right carb’ — and everything in between. The truth is, the same diet is not right for everyone. When it comes to the best eating pattern, there is no ‘one size fits all.’ Our genetics, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol values and blood sugar are just a few of the measures that can guide us to learn the best eating pattern for each of us individually. Working with a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist is one way to learn the best eating pattern for you.” — Kathy Rhodes, PhD, RDN Continue reading

Farmer markets: pleasures from the farm

fruitFarmer markets makes it easy to eat well in the summertime. Fruits and vegetables–key to a healthy diet that may help to prevent cancer–are at their most delicious peaks. And grocery shopping feels more like an adventure than a chore.

During the past few years, farmers’ markets have multiplied across the state of Michigan. Visit our online calendar to what’s in season now and throughout the summer. Check out the Michigan Farmers Market Map, too, to find a location near you.

If you are near the University of Michigan campus, locally grown fresh produce is available in three campus locations at The Produce Cart. Here is a 2013 schedule with maps; Towsley Triangle at University Hospital is one of the locations. Continue reading

Enjoying the Fruits and Vegetables of Summertime

baskets of strawberries and blueberriesNext week is when summer starts.  And what better way to enjoy the summertime and all the wonderful foods than to visit farmer’s markets?  Many staples of a farmer’s market, and roadside stands are fruits and vegetables which are key to a healthy diet that may help to prevent cancer. It is this time of year when they are at their most delicious. And grocery shopping feels more like an adventure than a chore.

During the past few years, farmers’ markets have multiplied across the state of Michigan. Please visit our online calendar to find out what’s in season now and throughout the summer. You can also check out the Michigan Farmers Market Map, too, to find a location near you.

Please share your favorite farmer’s market location, tips or some of your favorite summertime recipes.

Pleasures from the farm

The farmers’ market makes it easy to eat well in the summertime. Fruits and vegetables–key to a healthy diet that may help to prevent cancer–are at their most delicious peaks. And grocery shopping feels more like an adventure than a chore. During the past few years, farmers’ markets have multiplied across the state of Michigan. Visit our online calendar to what’s in season now and throughout the summer. Check out the Michigan Farmers Market Map, too, to find a location near you.