Gardening is Good for You (and your children)

Do you ever wish you had the time and space to garden; to really garden by growing your own fruits and vegetables? Have you known the satisfaction of picking something fresh and being able to prepare it, knowing you’re providing your family with something low in calories but high in nutrition? You’re in luck. In our area, Harrison Market Gardens in providing families with that experience without the hard work of crop care.

And gardening is good for you! Choose My Plate says that, “Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as tuna-boats-2part of an overall¬†healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke,” and, “Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.” Also keep in mind that the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition says, “In 2013, residents of the following states were most likely to report eating at least five servings of vegetables four or more days per week: Vermont (68.7%), Montana (63.0%) and Washington (61.8%). The least likely were Oklahoma (52.3%), Louisiana (53.3%) and Missouri (53.8%). The national average for regular produce consumption is 57.7%.” Notice that Illinois did not make the most likely list. However, with farms like Harrison Market Gardens, that could change! You could be part of it.

Harrison Market Gardens has both a weekly and bi-weekly You-Pick system that allows you to pick the freshest vegetables and fruit. Their current June-July crops are listed as, “Peas, strawberries, garlic scapes, chamomile flowers, heads of lettuce (not iceberg) , kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli ,beets, summer squash, green beans and others, garlic.” For prices and more information (and to tell the Gardens how awesome this idea is) click here.


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