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02-07-2014

Workshop to Offer Training on Writing Farm Produce Safety Plans

Burlington--Having a food safety plan in place can help fruit and vegetable growers improve operational efficiency and produce quality as well as improve on-farm sanitation and minimize the risks of microbial contamination.

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12-01-2013

Lunchbox Confidential

   

11-01-2013

Planning an Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving

For many families Thanksgiving has become more challenging as cooks find themselves scrambling to find tasty recipes suitable for guests with dietary restrictions such as nut allergies, lactose intolerance or gluten sensitivity. In addition, many traditional dishes associated with the holiday contain ingredients that vegans and ...

09-30-2013

Making Healthy and Sustainable Food Choices

The recommendations provided in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are driven primarily by criteria to achieve optimal human health. While nutritionists, dietitians and other public health professionals commonly use these guidelines to structure their advice, you probably make decisions about what to purchase and eat based on many other ...

09-01-2013

Tips for Healthy Snacks to Bring to School

As we head into the new school year, it's time to think about the snacks your kids will eat at school as they are part of their overall diet. Packing healthy snacks may be required by their school, or it may be a decision you make as a family. In either case, healthy snacking habits help teach them how to make good food choices ...

08-01-2013

Cooking Ideas for Unusual or Plentiful Vegetables

Summertime brings an abundance of many different types of vegetables. In addition to what you grow in your garden, you can purchase vegetables at a farmers market, co-op, farm stand or market or through a CSA (community-supported agriculture) share.

07-01-2013

Choose Local Fresh Berries

July is National Berries Month, a time to enjoy everything from strawberries and blackberries to blueberries, raspberries and other berries.

06-01-2013

Create a Rainbow on Your Plate

What a great time of year to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. With the start of many local farmers' markets and the availability of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, challenge yourself to consume more each day by filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. 

05-31-2013

Storing Fresh Garden Produce

Fresh fruits and vegetables require different storage methods and can be stored for various lengths of time. Some fresh produce including onions, potatoes and tomatoes, are better if not refrigerated.