Did you know that you don’t have to travel to the farmers’ market to find locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables? That’s right! You can find the same fresh local products in your neighborhood grocery store. Some local grocers carry a wide selection of foods grown locally. Stroll through the produce section and look for the homegrown signs to discover exactly what farm the food you are buying was grown on.
The benefits of purchasing locally grown produce are vast. As far as taste and quality, local produce can’t be beat! It tastes like it just came out of your own backyard garden. With less distance for the produce to travel, you are provided with the very freshest food.
Not only does purchasing locally grown produce provide health benefits for you but it also is a good thing to do for the health of the Earth and our environment. When your fruits and veggies don’t have to be transported across the country, gas usage is kept to a minimum and resources aren’t wasted. This means less pollution for the environment.
By buying local we are able to support the local economy of farmers and ranchers who live in our communities while bringing customers the very freshest food. Consider stopping into your local grocery store to check out your community’s locally grown produce today.
Local Vegetable Medley
Serves 5
All you need:
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks
1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks
1 small yellow zucchini squash, peeled and sliced
1 small red onion, cut into large chunks
1 / 4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash original blend
All you do:
In a large sealable plastic bag, combine bell peppers, zucchini and onion.
In a small bowl, stir together olive oil and seasoning blend.
Pour olive oil mixture over vegetables in plastic bag. Seal and shake gently to coat.
Set in refrigerator for 1 hour to marinate.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Arrange vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
130 calories, 8g carbohydrates, 0mg cholesterol, 2g fiber, 11g fat, 2g protein, 0 mg sodium, 3g sugar
Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at tshaffer@hy-vee.com