Today's trend in food focuses less on convenience and more on sustainable practices.  Many have found that money can be saved, quality of life can be improved and family ties can become stronger when everyone takes part in meal preparation.  Planting family gardens, shopping at local farmer's markets and insisting on knowing the origin of our food is quickly becoming the norm in our community.


Food Preservation


Do you want to learn how to safely preserve food at home?  USDA updated canning proceedures in 2009, so any literature written prior to that date may not be safe.  For the latest information on canning, freezing and drying go to The National Center for Home Food Preservation.  This website contains fact sheets, recipes, tutorials and links to other research based institutions to give you all the information you need to preserve food for your family.


As a harvest season comes to an end and excess bounty has been canned, frozen or dried there still is one more option to prolong your produce - dry storage of fruits and vegetables such as a root cellar.  To learn more, read this .pdf document from Washington State University Extension on Storing Fruits and Vegetables.  rootvegetables



Food Safety

How do we make sure our food is safe when we purchase, prepare and store it?  The Food Safety Inspection Service is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers free downloadable factsheets on food safety as it applies to produce, meat, poultry, fish and dairy.  Visit FSIS to learn more.



What is a "healthy diet"?

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans describe a healthy diet as one that:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars

 For more information click on the ChooseMyPlate icon.

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