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Have you gone apple picking recently? Or perhaps you’ve just noticed that

grocery stores and farmers’ markets are prominently displaying all kinds
of apples these days. Yes, it’s apple season again!

If you’re looking for new ways to make apples or just a few more good reasons to eat them, you can read up on it in this article I recently wrote for We the Eaters, a blog for food lovers.

If you’re in the DC area come on out to Joe’s Movement Emporium for an apple cooking demonstration on Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm. We’ll make a soup, a sugar-less snack and share a few recipes to take advantage of apple season! 

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Right around now in the mid-Atlantic region community farmers’ markets are starting up and running throughout the summer. I am a huge fan of farmers’ markets – a great place to get locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stay tuned for updates – I will be doing some cooking demonstrations here in PG county and elsewhere as the summer rolls out….

This past year, I have been volunteering at Unity Health Care giving some nutrition education talks to low income families who struggle to put good food on the table. So, today I am sharing with you this announcement from the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace – one place in the area that’s working on making farmers’ markets accessible to this population. Please take a look, donate and pass it on!

Just $25 dollars can DOUBLE the fruits and vegetables purchased by one low-income family for an entire month. Donate today to help families access healthy, affordable food!

The Columbia Heights Farmers’ Market officially kicked off its 5th season on April 19th. Last year, the farmers market matching funds program provided over $13,000 to make it easier for low-income families to eat healthy and stretch their food budgets. It’s simple. If a customer spends $5 on fruits and vegetables at the market using Federal nutrition benefits like food stamps, we provide an additional $5.

  • $5 in food stamps = $10 in healthy fruits and vegetables
  • $10 in food stamps = $20 in healthy fruits and vegetables

The program reached more than 1,200 families in the last two years alone. But now it needs your help to make sure these families can benefit again this year. See their appeal in the following video:

We need to raise $10,000 by May 21st to ensure that low income families can access healthy, affordable food for the entire 2014 market season.

Every dollar helps, so please donate today. Many thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at the market!

Summer is coming to an end but the ability to buy fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables is far from ending. Many Farmers Markets throughout the country are still in full swing, and many CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) ventures offer fall contracts.  If you haven’t ventured out to a farmers’ market this year, find one at the Local Harvest website http://www.localharvest.org/ and explore!

Why local? You could say that most the food we eat in the U.S. is dripping in oil. Much of it is grown with the use of fossil fuel based fertilizers and chemicals to keep away bugs and weeds. When it is close to maturity it is shipped hundreds or thousands of miles to a shopping center to which we, more often than drive so that we can haul home a basket filled with food stuffs. Buying local allows you to buy fresh produce often from 15 miles away rather than 15 hundred miles away.

Buying local also supports farmers in your area whose operations are smaller and often family owned and operated. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food puts you more in touch with your community and the natural processes that support you. Find out more at Local Harvest today!

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