Fall, in many parts of the US, is the last opportunity to get fresh, nutritious and locally grown produce until the spring rains roll around. Farm to table fresh produce is a great way to get low cost, healthy fruits and vegetables onto your plate while supporting your local growers. Farmers markets and produce stands make it easy to shop and you know where the food comes from. Here is a look at what is available this time of year in your area:
Northwestern United States: apples, cabbage ,kiwi, pumpkins ,spinach, winter squash, parsnips, brussel sprouts, artichokes, beets, carrots, eggplant, a variety of leafy greens/lettuce, leeks, garlic, basil, celery.
Midwest United States: apples, winter squash, pumpkins, beets, broccoli, turnips, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, onions, variety of leafy greens/lettuce, kohlrabi, mushrooms, potatoes, parsnips, cabbage, celery, brussel sprouts.
Southern United States: Sweet potatoes, okra, pecans, apples, cabbage, Kale, variety of leafy greens/lettuce, winter squash, tomatillos.
Southwestern United States: all of the Southern produce plus: clementines, dates, figs, key limes, limes, tomatoes.
Northeastern United States: apples, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, winter squash, turnips, cauliflower, celery, chard, pumpkins, rutabagas, peppers, potatoes, cranberries, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, peas, mushrooms, leeks, grapes, kale.
A healthy diet includes the essential nutrients that help to reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and diabetes. Yet a healthy diet does not provide too many calories, so you can control your weight and avoid obesity and its related health problems. The reason it is important to eat healthy if you have a bleeding disorder is because healthy nutrients can help you build strong muscle, keep your bones strong and healthy, help you feel better faster if you have a bleed or get sick. By adding a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to your meal, you are providing your body with the important vitamins and minerals it needs to stay well. Visit a fall market in your area. The harvest awaits you!