This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
Written by Mattie.
Growing up I can remember my grandmother picking fresh fruits and vegetables from her garden. The dinner table was colorful and full of good for you produce. When I had a family of my own and moved to Florida, I wanted them to have the same experience with eating healthy. Fresh From Florida produce helped me do just that. From tomatoes to bell peppers, my children ate well and their bellies were always full with good for you ingredients.
Even during the winter months it is important for my family to have a colorful plate full of good for you vegetables and fruit. I usually stick to fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants to help fight off the winter blues and colds. The great thing about Fresh From Florida is that you can visit their website and find out which fruits and vegetables are in season before you embark on your shopping trip. For example, right now you can get bell peppers, tomatoes, and blueberries in season!
I enjoy helping my family eat healthy with Fresh From Florida produce and you can too. Here are four ways you can help your family eat healthy this winter.
- Shop at your local farmers markets: Farmers markets are becoming a popular destination for consumers looking for organically grown food. Most community farmers markets are open on a seasonal basis, selling such things as fruits, vegetables, and even products like healthy and beauty. The other cool thing about Florida farmers markets is that select counties participate in the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program or FMNP, a program that provides WIC participants with coupons that they can use to purchase locally grown fresh Florida fruits and vegetables. To find your local Farmers Market to purchase Fresh From Florida products, visit the Community Farmers Market page on the Fresh From Florida website. They even provide you with questions to ask farmers before purchasing their goods.
- Another fun thing to do with your family on the weekends is, visiting a U-Pick Farm. These farms allow visitors to hand-pick their own fresh fruits and vegetables. This will not only allow you to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, but will also prove to be a fun day in the sun for young and old alike. Find a U-Pick farm locally.
- Restaurants: Sounds impossible but there are places in Florida that use fresh ingredients from Florida, including produce grown by local farmers and seafood caught in Florida’s waters. To see a list of restaurants that have Fresh From Florida on the menu click here.
- Pledge to support a farm financially by getting involved in a CSA or Community Supported Agriculture. With this program, at the beginning of the growing season, members pay a fee to cover the cost of the farm’s operations and the farmers salary. In return, each member receives a weekly share of the farms produce. Boxes usually contain fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, honey and even eggs. This is a great way to maintain a healthy diet for your family while also helping a farm stay in business.
Eating healthy is super important for not only adults but our children. I would encourage you to visit the Fresh From Florida website to learn more about how you can maintain a healthy diet for your family. Also make sure to look for food, produce, seafood, etc. labeled Fresh From Florida to have total confidence that your family will be eating the best locally grown food.
Have you ever eaten Fresh From Florida produce?