Michigan Fresh website and fact sheets now available

Food Fact Sheets offer help and tips to select and prepare fresh produce and learn about gardening.

When you visit the local Farmers Market, do you ever wonder what all of those green leafy vegetables are? Do you ask yourself, “However would I prepare that so that I could eat it?” These are just some of the questions Michigan State University (MSU) Extension educators hope they have answered in the new Michigan Fresh Food Fact Sheets.

Kathe Hale, Extension educator and team leader of the project indicates there are a couple ways you can find out information about foods you are unfamiliar with like kohlrabi or rutabagas: consumers can look for the MSU Extension Kiosk at the Detroit Eastern Market and at Master Gardener’s display tables throughout Michigan at local Farmers Markets. Consumers can also go to the MSU Extension website and to the Michigan Fresh page and print off the latest Food Fact Sheet. Consumers can also visit their local MSU Extension office (located in every Michigan County).

Each week this summer, a new Food Fact Sheet will roll out from May through the end of October. Once the fact sheets are released each week, they will be available to print off from the website or picked up from local MSU Extension offices. The Strawberry, Rhubarb, Asparagus, Cherry, Raspberry and Tomato Fact Sheets are now available and feature information about selecting quality fresh produce, how to store, tips on preparation and food preservation ideas. During the next several weeks, look for rutabagas, kohlrabi, parsnips and beets. There are additional fact sheets that will share information on gardening and lawn care.

The Michigan Fresh project is aimed at helping consumers learn ways to use the incredible amount of wonderful fresh local fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan.

The Michigan Fresh project is aimed at helping consumers learn ways to use the incredible amount of wonderful fresh local fruits and vegetables grown in Michigan.  To give feedback on how you have used the information in the fact sheets go to: Michigan Fresh Survey.

Check out your local farmers market or farm stand and reach for something new to try at your dinner table.

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