What’s FRESH & LOCAL in July?

By: Loris Sofia Gregory, Healthy Kitchen Coach, Apple Valley, MN

July gifts us with a healthy abundance of flavorful FRESH & LOCAL produce: the crisp nutrient-packed greens of cilantro, collard greens, cucumbers, kales, lettuces, Napa cabbage, parsley and zucchini; the succulent reds and oranges of beets, berries, carrots, radishes, romaine and melons; and the captivating earthy palette of heirloom tomatoes. Satisfying summer meals and optimum health are not the only benefits of eating a rainbow of FRESH & LOCAL produce. When we buy local, we help our local farm families earn a living, which in turn preserves farmland around us. Buying fresh local food also supports our local economy and saves money through minimizing and eliminating processing, packaging, marketing and transportation costs. Take your taste buds on a lip-smacking tour of these July flavors, recipes and meal ideas.

I look forward to meeting you at these FRESH & LOCAL July events. Registration 36 hours in advance is required for the films and class. Call VNF Customer Service at 952.891.1212, ext. 221 or see more details and register online here.

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DEMO: FRESH & LOCAL FLAVORS OF PEAK SUMMER. Tuesday, July 10, 11 am-2 pm, FREE

SUMMER FRESH FRIDAY FILMS: “The Miracles of Greens: How Greens and Wild Edibles Can Save Your Life,” Friday, July 13, 6-8 pm, FREE

CLASS: FRESH & LOCAL FLAVORS OF PEAK SUMMER, Tuesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

DEMO: EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS, Wednesday, July 25, 3-6 pm, FREE

SUMMER FRESH FRIDAY FILMS: “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days,” Friday, July 27, 6-8 pm, FREE

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