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Around the Home: Add fresh fruits, vegetables to meals and snacks
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If you’re like me, you’re wondering: How did May get here so fast?

Hopefully, you’re making good progress on your 2015 nutrition and fitness goals. If not, just re-start. There’s definitely nothing wrong with that.

It’s a great time of the year to add more fruits and veggies to your meals and snacks. Celery and carrot sticks are very common selections, but don’t limit your taste buds. How about chopping them and adding them to your hamburger mix for Memorial Day cookouts and barbecues?

Chopped green bell peppers and green onion are key ingredients in our University of Georgia Extension Food Talk Breakfast Burrito recipe. We also use chopped zucchini and red bell pepper in our fiesta quesadillas. 

Challenge yourself to try a new veggie or fruit recipe once or twice a month. Be sure to find out what’s in season so you can save money. One of our free programs shows families how to create nutritious meals on a budget.

Where can you find fresh fruits and veggies? Area grocery stores offer a variety of produce, often grown by local farmers. We’re fortunate to have several farmers’ markets in the area, too.

The Hall County Farmers’ Market is on Jesse Jewell Parkway, near East Crescent Drive and Interstate 985.

It is open 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 a.m. to noon (or until they sell out) on Saturdays.

Don’t worry about the weather. It’s open rain or shine. The Antiques & “Old Stuff” Pickers Market is open from noon to 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month.

The Historic Gainesville Market on the square is open 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays beginning May 29.

In the South Hall, the Flowery Branch Farmers Market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the downtown area.

Visit the market websites for information on produce availability, event news, recipes and more:

If you’re planning day trips around the state, visit Georgia Department of Agriculture website at agr.georgia.gov.

Click on “marketing” and then “community farmers” to find information on markets around the state.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. She may be contacted at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.

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