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THE DISH ON EATING LOCAL VEGETABLES

Arizona farmers are producing food that consumers believe tastes fresher and may be healthier. This has created a “buy local” trend that has wide-ranging benefits for our Arizona community. Learn all there is to know about why buying and eating locally grown vegetables is the way to go!

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ASPARAGUS

Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, vitamins B1 and B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B3, potassium, choline, vitamin A, zinc, iron, protein, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid.

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH

Harvested in September through December, butternut squash is a fall favorite vegetable that you can use for a variety of recipes! It’s smooth as butter and perfectly sweet. Butternut Squash is a good source of fiber, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and Vitamin A, E and C.

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CARROTS

Carrots grow in Arizona throughout the year, but they thrive in cool weather, which is why the fall, winter, and spring are the best times to find them locally grown. The health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, lower risk of heart attacks, prevention of certain cancers, improved vision (not necessarily night vision), and reduced signs of premature aging.

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CUCUMBER

When shopping for cucumbers, their skin should have a bright, even color without dullness or sweating. It should be firm right through to the tips. Look for a fleshy cucumber but not too large. Smaller cucumbers are crisper and have finer seeds, which may make them more appealing to kids and other picky eaters.

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RADISH

When shopping for local radishes, look for roots that are fresh, stout, and firm in texture. Their top greens should also be fresh, crisp, and green, not wilted, yellow, or shriveled. Once you get them home, remove their tops as they will keep robbing the roots of their nutrients.

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ROMAINE LETTUCE

Romaine lettuce is harvested in Arizona November through March, generally thriving in the cooler months. When shopping for romaine lettuce, choose bright, crisp heads – nothing wilted or with dark or slimy spots. The edges of the leaves should be free of yellow or brown discoloration.

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SUGAR SNAP PEA

The harvest season for sugar snap peas is a bit shorter than regular peas. If left too long, they turn yellow, get stringier, and become starchy. When buying local sugar snap peas, look for peas that are smooth, plump, and emerald in color. They should ‘snap’ when broken in half.

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SWEET POTATO

When shopping for sweet potatoes, look for small to medium sweet potatoes with firm, smooth, even-toned skin. These will be the sweetest and creamiest. The deeper the color, the richer it is in beta-carotene.

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TURNIP

When buying fresh turnips, look for vibrantly colored turnips with creamy looking bulbs with a violet-hued ring around the tops. Generally, turnips are better when they’re young – they’re softer, sweeter, and more delicate in flavor.

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