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Preparing Your Produce Properly

Auburn, Ala.—Essential parts of every balanced diet are vibrant fruits and nutritious vegetables. However, with the discussions concerning pesticides in our produce, it is hard to determine which and when fruits and vegetables are safe to consume. Do you have to buy organically grown produce to avoid pesticide residue? Are conventionally grown fruits and veggies a health risk? The recommended way ... Read More »

Grocery Shopping on a Budget

AUBURN, Ala.-Grocery shopping can be a drag, especially with rising food prices and trying to stay on a budget. With large amounts of food to buy, it’s sometimes hard to save money at the grocery store. With the help of Katie Funderburk, a registered dietitian and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, this list of tips was developed to help you ... Read More »

Make the Most of Fresh Produce

It’s National Farmers Market Week! Refresh your memory with tips and tricks on selecting and handling the bounty you will bring home from the market. The 16th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 2- 8 and with the many farmers markets in Alabama, there are an abundance of great places to find fresh, locally grown produce. A recent publication from ... Read More »

Managing Soil Pests in the Garden

Even the most experienced gardeners have issues with pests in the garden. Alabama Extension Entomologist Ayanava Majumdar said if you plan to put in a fall garden, now is the time to take steps to reduce soil pests. Many home gardens are planted in areas previously covered in grass or turf. Tilling the garden area 30 days prior to planting ... Read More »

The Ins and Outs of Juicing

Juicing fruits and vegetables as a way to increase daily nutrition consumption has become increasingly popular the past several years. There are many resources on the internet that make various claims about the effects of juicing on our bodies, but with so much information, it is often hard to know what is true. Juicing is the process of extracting the ... Read More »

Attracting Garden Pollinators

Pollination is one of the most common concerns when planting late spring and early summer gardens. How do gardeners know if the cucumbers and squash are really getting pollinated? Alabama Extension Horticulturist, Dani Carroll, said there are several ways to ensure pollinators are active in a growing space. By simply observing a garden or flowerbed for a short period of time, one ... Read More »

Food Friday: Sensational Salads

Warm weather, fresh ingredients and cool meals go hand-in-hand. Are you wondering how to make your meal pop? Add something cool to the table. Try these salads as a side dish, or showcase them as the main course. What’s not to love about a sensational salad? Macaroni Salad 1 cup uncooked macaroni 1 cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons prepared mustard ¼ ... Read More »

Helping Organic Producers Beat Bugs

IPM battles bugs

Ladybugs can be a nuisance when they invade your house, but did you know that they are beneficial to farmers? Ladybugs, and other insects such as lacewings, are natural predators of crop-destructive pests. With the demand for organic produce continuing to rise, farmers are integrating elements of integrated pest management (IPM) to protect their crops from bugs and insect pests. Dr. Ayanava ... Read More »

Fun, Healthy Snacks for Children

With childhood obesity rates increasing in the United States, it is important that children eat snacks that will help boost their energy and support growth. Sometimes it’s more appetizing and convenient to grab a candy bar or a bag of chips. Parents can bring a fun new perspective to healthy foods that outshine junk foods. Snack time needs to be ... Read More »

Snack Attack: Snack Smarter

You know the feeling – the midmorning craving, afternoon energy slump or late-night munchies. When a snack attack hits, most people head for the nearest vending machine or refrigerator. Studies show that 75 percent of men and women eat at least one snack a day. But while snacks high in fat and sugars, such as candy bars, colas and potato ... Read More »