Skip the Don’ts and Enjoy the Do’s

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmers Markets

Happy New Year from all of us at Harvest Home Farmer’s Market! In 2015, with support from EmblemHealth, Harvest Home provided more than 8,000 samples of tasty recipes prepared with more than 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables at five markets in New York City.

As the New Year begins, we want to remind you of the importance of a balanced diet. Once the holiday parties are over, we all tend to make a resolution to lose weight and eat better. Harvest Home encourages you to start the New Year off right by being creative and having FUN with your food. Let’s focus on what you SHOULD be doing and not what you shouldn’t.

Our New Year’s resolution? Have at least one fruit and veggie each day.

Getting “one a day” is easier than you think.

  • Swap chips for an apple, carrot, cauliflower or mango. They all go great with salsa or hummus.
  • Slip a handful or two of frozen veggies like peas or broccoli into rice, soup, stew or a casserole. Frozen peas add color and nutrition to comfort foods like Mac and Cheese

Make Soup: Start with the six ingredients of basic soup: onion, carrot, celery, leek, garlic and broth cooked together for about 15 minutes. Then add whatever veggies, meat or leftovers you want and finish cooking. Soup captures all the nutrition in the ingredients you use so you get great value for your money.

We hope these tips help you get 2016 started off right. Remember what they say — you are what you eat. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables each day will help you FRESHEN UP for 2016 and beyond.

To learn more about Harvest Home Farmer’s Market visit harvesthomefm.org.

Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, Inc. (HHFM) is an East Harlem based non-profit whose mission is to increase access to farm fresh, locally grown produce for low-income New York communities identified as “fresh and healthy food deserts.”