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Patio strawberries: Fast food on your doorstep

Auburn, Alabama—If the calendar and weather weren’t reminder enough, the pollen reminds us all that spring has finally begun in the South. With spring comes the chance to recommit to eating healthier. Maybe you forgot about your New Year’s resolution, maybe you just haven’t been incorporating fresh foods into your diet. Roosevelt Robinson has advice on doing just that. “Growing ... Read More »

Getting from Farm to Table: Chilton Food Innovation Center Helps with the Steps In Between

Auburn, Alabama—The Chilton Food Innovation Center, an FDA and ADPH approved facility, assists small fruit and vegetable producers as well as small food businesses with formulation and documentation procedures  to get their products on grocery store shelves. This nonprofit food-processing facility, in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station works to give food processors ... Read More »

Is Juicing Your Produce Worth It?

Is juicing your produce worth it?

Normal, Ala. — One of the latest health crazes is called juicing. Juicing is the process of extracting liquid from fruits and vegetables. Many people do this through the use of an electric or lever pump juicer. The result is a juice with many of the same vitamins and minerals found in the original produce. “Drinking freshly juiced produce can ... Read More »

Food Entrepreneur Conference Set for April 27-28

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AUBURN, Ala.–Last year, more than 40 aspiring and up-and-coming food entrepreneurs attended the Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn to learn more about starting their own food business. Patricia Barnes, or “Sister Schubert,” shared the story of how she got her Parker House-style yeast rolls – a family recipe – into grocery stores nationwide, and marketing guru John Marsh talked about ... Read More »

Common food safety mistakes to avoid in the kitchen

Auburn, Alabama—Food safety, especially that in restaurants, has been a reoccurring issue. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) tracks all reported cases of outbreaks, the most recent one being earlier this month. Janice Hall, a regional Extension agent in Food Safety and Quality with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is one of the public’s lines of defense when it comes to ... Read More »

Zucchini: Why and how to use it in your diet

AUBURN, Ala. –Zucchini has been around for a long time but just recently there has been a trend in the food industry to use this vegetable in place of some carbs. Zucchini is a versatile vegetable that you can eat alone or mix it into your favorite dishes as a healthy alternative. So why should you incorporate zucchini into your diet? ... Read More »

Pasta Can be a Healthy Dish

AUBURN, AL—Pasta is a simple dish that is a go-to dish for many college students. The cheap, go-to ones are usually mac and cheese and Ramen Noodles. Instead of looking at pasta as the enemy, embrace it as a vital energy source. The trick is to make pasta part of a varied diet. Let’s talk about how to make pasta ... Read More »

The Craze Behind Kale

Auburn, Ala.—The popularity of kale has sky-rocketed the last couple of years. Most people think of kale as a fad. Recently, restaurants have started carrying more kale. For example, Chick Fila switched from selling their classic coleslaw to a new side item called the super food.. The super food side is a blend of chopped kale and broccoli tossed in ... Read More »

Growing Edamame in the Home Garden

Auburn, Ala. —Edamame, pronounced (ay-dah-MAH-may) is the Japanese word for vegetable soybean and literally means “beans on a branch.” Edamame is consumed as a snack, a vegetable dish, used in soups or processed into sweets. As a snack, the pods are typically boiled in salted water for 7-10 minutes, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth ... Read More »

What’s all This Gluten Free Talk?

AUBURN, AL- Gluten-free products are becoming increasingly popular as society is becoming more aware of what gluten is and the impact gluten can have on the body. It is becoming more prevalent to see products with gluten-free labeling at not only restaurants but also in grocery stores. To understand what all the hype around gluten free foods is, you have to ... Read More »