Tag Archives: fruits and vegetables

Vegetarian Dishes From Around the World

December 2, 2015

by Hannah Field

Going meatless can be a great option for you and your family. However frequently you choose to do it – all the time or just occasionally, and for whatever reason – religious, budgetary, or otherwise, there are many benefits. At the family level, a meatless meal is often cost-effective and can help you eat more veggies and legumes. On a larger scale, it can save energy because of the land and feed required to raise animals.

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Best Thanksgiving Veggie Side Dishes

November 24, 2015

by Hannah Field

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a day to be intentional about practicing thankfulness AND to cook and share a meal with the people I love the most. When it comes to the meal, my family appreciates tradition, and there are dishes we make sure to have every year. But I have come to love it when family members bring new dishes to Thanksgiving, too. It has helped me try new foods and learn various cooking techniques.

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Gardening 101 – Part Three

Welcome back to the gardening series! I hope you’ve been thinking deeply on how to start a garden with your family and friends. Starting small is always key and one of the best pieces of advice given by the Master Gardeners.  They advised that you start a container garden if you are very new into gardening or if you can’t afford the space or time to take care of a larger garden.

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Gardening 101 – Part Two

January 29, 2015

by Maryam Funmilayo

Welcome back to the family gardening series. In part one, I briefly touched on the highlights of a family gardening project and its benefits to children, families, and communities. I shared tips on how to embark on one if you are interested in starting a garden project.  I also mentioned the winter seasonal vegetables such as onions, lettuce, radishes, peas, cabbage, most green leafy vegetables, and potatoes. All these vegetables can easily resist the cold temperatures and still blossom beautifully.

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Family Gardening 101 Series: Part 1

January 23, 2015

by Maryam Funmilayo

Spring will be here in the next few months, and it is time to get ready for a family gardening project. I am so excited because it will be my very first time getting serious about gardening. More so, my children have always been curious about how seeds germinate, flowers evolve, vegetables develop, and how they are picked and prepared to become the food we eat. The good thing is that there is no need to re-invent the wheel by starting from scratch. Thanks to an Outreach and Engagement Seed Grant from the NC State Office of Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development, the IAR Women’s Committee is working with Dr. Dara Bloom and Dr. Annie Hardison-Moody to expand and enhance the Al-Iman School garden, which serves as both a school and community garden.  It is situated on the Islamic Association of Raleigh’s premises.

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National Farmers’ Market Week – Join in the Effort!

By Maryam Funmilayo

National Farmers’ Market Week spans from August 3 to August 9. This is a great opportunity to learn more about local produce and home grown foods. More so, wouldn’t it be nice to get to know our hardworking local farmers who are working behind the scenes to bring these fresh foods to us?

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Buying blueberries at the farmer’s market

by Maryam Funmilayo

In the summer, there are a lot of food opportunities at the local farmer’s markets, such as learning more about what is in season and getting to know, taste, and enjoy the exotic fruits that the local farmers sell at the markets. Shopping at a farmer’s market helps to support local farmers, and it’s a great way to find locally grown fruits and vegetables at affordable prices.

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Farmer’s Market Tour: An Adventure with Women from the Islamic Association of Raleigh

May 21, 2014

by Maryam Funmilayo

I had the opportunity to take some women and children from the Islamic Association of Raleigh (IAR), on a farmer’s market tour on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Along with the group was Lindsey Schwartz, a graduate student in Public Health at Campbell University.   We are working on piloting a Farmer’s Market Tour for Faithful Families – and it was so fun to get to test this out with the women from the IAR!

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Stretch Your Fruit and Veggie Dollars!

This was originally posted on the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program’s website.

I know from the guidance on ChooseMyPlate.gov, we should aim to make at least half our plates fruits and vegetables. But when I hear that, I wonder how I can make that happen with my limited food budget. Fruits and vegetables tend to be a pricey part of my grocery bill each time, and especially at this point in the year, somewhere between true winter and spring, I have a hard time deciding what can be good options for my family.

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