June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, which comes as many fruits and vegetables are at their tastiest. June is a great time to stock up for healthy eating. Here’s how you can celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month.
Check out your local farmers market
Take your family to your local farmers market to get your favorite fruits and vegetables while supporting local growers. This time of year, you can find melons, strawberries, blueberries, artichokes, asparagus, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and much more. Stock up for snacks, nutritious recipes and tasty charcuterie boards.
Try something new
Before you stock up on those fresh fruits and vegetables, make a list with each family member’s favorite fruit and vegetable for everyone to try. Or make a list of fruits and vegetables that you have never (or rarely) eaten and pick some up. It’s a perfect time to try new recipes. Who knows, you might find another favorite fruit or vegetable.
Get into gardening
June also is a great time to plant some vegetables for a fresh harvest in the fall. You can plant in a small patch in your yard or with some containers on your porch. Right now is a great time to plant broccoli, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, herbs, melons and more. Just ask your local nursery for suggestions. With a garden, you get fresh vegetables along with the satisfaction of knowing that you grew them yourself.
Start a good habit
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the current dietary guidelines for Americans recommends that people needing 2,000 calories per day include 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables in their daily diets. USDA food consumption surveys find that the average American falls far short, consuming only 0.9 cups of fruit and 1.4 cups of vegetables per day. Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month is a great time to ensure that you are eating enough fruits and vegetables.