Finger Lakes Eat Smart Newsletter: July

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Let your kids choose fruits and vegetables at the market or grow them together at home.

July is here, and that means lots of fresh produce is available at the grocery store, local farmers’ market, and curbside market. Plus, if you have your own garden, it’s the perfect time to harvest a variety of fruits and vegetables! Kids learn from watching you, so involve them in the planting, watering, and harvesting process. And remember, SNAP can be used to purchase food seeds.

Adding more vegetables and fruit to your day is easier than you think. Check out some of these fun and simple ways to include more fruits and vegetables into your family’s day:

  • Be a good role model. Set a good example for children by eating fruit and vegetables every day with meals and or snacks.
  • Cook together. Teach your child to tear lettuce or add veggie toppings to pizza. Not sure how to prepare it? Search for healthy and affordable recipes on our website:
  • Share the adventure. Try new vegetables and fruits together. Let your kids pick fruit and veggies at the grocery store, farm stand, and farmers’ market and make a delicious dish together. Go with friends or family to a “pick-your-own” farm or orchard.
  • Grow your own food. Get the kids involved with gardening. Start small with a window herb box or plant fruits and vegetables in a container or the yard.

Check out the school and community garden and farmers’ market and curbside market locators at And, be sure to visit to find new ways to prepare a fruit or vegetable you enjoy, and share your enthusiasm with everyone at the table!


Featured Vegetable


How to Select
Choose fresh, crisp, green bunches with no evidence of insect damage.

How to Store
Remove blemished leaves, rinse, dry and refrigerate in a plastic bag with some air holes for use within 3-5 days. You can also blanch, cool, and freeze spinach in plastic bags.

How to Prepare
Rinse greens in cold water. Pat leaves between towels or use a salad spinner to dry leaves. Add to salads, wraps, pitas, and sandwiches. Steam, microwave, boil, sauté, stir-fry, braise, or purée. Add to casseroles, soups, dips, sauces, and pasta, rice, and egg dishes. Cook with olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice.

Recipe of the Month

Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

These delicious lasagna rolls will quickly become a family favorite!

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Resource of the Month

NYS Farm & Local Food: Finger Lakes Regional Directory

In this directory you will find a listing of local farms and the products they offer. Types of farms listed include Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farms that meet USDA's...

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Story of the Month

Food gardening can encourage picky eaters to try new vegetables!

Becky Crawford shows Henry the bok choy growing in the Booker T. Washington school garden. Henry's classmates were very excited to taste it because Henry talked about how much he loved eating it at home.




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