Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

 

Growing a Healthier You

Nutrition from the Farm to Your Table

Gardening - From Pots to Plots.
Gardening Resources.
Have you wanted to plant a garden? From pots to plots, gardens come in all sizes.
Gardening thumbnail imageThe Let’s Move! Gardening Guide website can help you learn more about gardening. There is information about kitchen, school, and community gardens, as well as information about spring and winter gardening.

Your Garden, Your Product, Your Means
Use the SuperTracker to take advantage of all the “Colors” of the MyPlate food guide.

SuperTracker thumbnail imageYou have apples, blueberries, raspberries, and bananas. You just brought in some cabbage, carrots, and white potatoes. Then, let’s not forget the yellow tomatoes and herbs. Use the SuperTracker as an “assistant” to help grow a healthier you and healthier family.

Find a Farmers Market
Use the Farmers Market Search tool to find current listings of farmers markets throughout the United States.

farmers market logoFarmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm-fresh produce, and enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers. You can search the database to find one of the many farmers markets around the country.

 

Look for the USDA Organic Seal
When shopping, look for the USDA Organic seal. It assures you that the agricultural products marketed as organic meet strict standards.

USDA Organic Program logoOrganic crops are raised without using most conventional pesticides or petroleum-based fertilizer. Animals raised on an organic farm must be fed organic feed. They are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. For more information, visit the USDA National Organic Program's website.

What's for Dinner (or Breakfast or Lunch)?
Use the Recipe Finder to Vary How Fruits and Vegetables are Used in Your Meals.

picture of delicious and healthy vegetablesSquash. Okra. Corn. Bell peppers. Other fruits and vegetables... You love them, you have an abundance, and you need some ideas on how to use them in different ways. Use the Recipe Finder to find ways to prepare your bounty. The  ChooseMyPlate website also has many recipes.

From Garden to Plate, Safety Matters
Use safe practices to keep foods wholesome for you and your family.

fruits and vegetablesWhen food is grown, processed, and prepared safely, everyone benefits. A host of Federal agencies share the responsibility for food safety. Food safety is key to delivering wholesome food to the plate. Use FoodSafety.gov as your gateway to information about safe food handling practices.