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Seasonal Produce: Best Time to Buy

Auburn, Alabama — Buying and eating food in its correct season is a cost-saving way to enjoy the health benefits of  seasonal produce. It also puts money back into the local economy and reduces  environmental impact. Growing seasons vary around the country. Today’s food system gives the illusion that certain fruits and vegetables are in season year-round. What are the costs and benefits of ... Read More »

Extension Programs Growing State’s Vegetable Production

vegetable production

More than 65 percent of the Alabama farms producing vegetables grow crops on less than 5 acres. Dr. Paul Mask, an assistant director with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said vegetable production now is different from it was as recently as the late 1990s. “We have more farmers than ever farming on small acreages,” said Mask.  “In 1997, only about ... Read More »

Pumpkins Add Flavor, Decoration to Fall

 It wouldn’t feel like fall without the arrival of those plump orange pumpkins growing among rambling vines on farms and in gardens across Alabama. Pumpkins, a type of squash, are in the cucumber/gourd family. Most pumpkins are native to the United States and were eaten by Native Americans long before Europeans arrived on the scene. For years, Americans have enjoyed ... Read More »

Rotten Tomatoes

Blossom End Rot on Tomato

Q. I am having trouble with my tomatoes. I have noticed brown spots near the base of the fruit. They start out small but continue to increase in size. What is this disease and how can I get rid of it? A. Well, if it is any consolation, you are not alone. We’ve had several calls from folks that appear ... Read More »