Five local organic food staples to keep you healthy

Published 8:40 am Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Berries are vitamin and antioxidant powerhouses. They taste great, are low in calories, and make a perfect food for weight loss.

Enjoy fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, elderberries and blackberries when they’re in season. For the rest of the year, use frozen ones. Frozen berries are a great addition to your smoothies and raw desserts. Berry season was hit hard this year with all the rains and little sunshine, but local u-picks are still open for business.

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We all know this phrase, and there’s truth to it. Water soluble fiber abundant in apples helps detoxify your bowels and keep you regular. High vitamin and mineral content makes this fruit a perfect supplement to your diet.

Apples are delicious, versatile, and easy to get. Find a neighbor with old-time apple trees that still produce and create ways together to harvest and store for winter.


Well, if you want to be healthy, you must ditch all artificial food flavorings and chemical-laden seasonings. The best way to season your food is by using a powerful bulb like garlic. It can give amazing flavor to salads, dressings, soups and other raw dishes. Garlic boosts immune system function, fights illnesses and kills bad bacteria. Call the Mill Spring Ag Center for where to find local garlic. It’s out there.