The hustle and bustle of the holidays is upon us. Instead of getting caught up in the business of it all, take time to enjoy friends and family and Eat3 - Eat Well, Eat Local, and Eat Together. As part of the Farmers' Market Nutrition Outreach Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension provides ways to Eat3 throughout the year.
Families are encouraged to visit the Eat3 website at www.eat3.org. The website features seasonal recipes with nutrition information and tips. In addition, information is available to help families who receive SNAP benefits, WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons, and WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks use food resources at local farmers' markets. Even though it is not currently the season to use FMNP coupons, there are winter farmers' markets that accept WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks, as well as SNAP benefits.
When families eat well, eat local and eat together, they tend to eat more nutritiously - meals have more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and fewer soft drinks. Buying from local farmers supports the local economy and helps land stay productive.
Cornell Cooperative Extension provides food and nutrition education in a variety of agriculture, 4-H and nutrition venues, such as farmers' markets, county fairs, health and wellness events, community garden programs, and nutrition education programs and through county newsletters. Cornell University Cooperative Extension's Eat Smart New York program might be right for those looking for ideas to eat better and live healthier lifestyles. Interactive sessions give people new ideas to help them improve their nutritional status, fit more exercise into their busy days and save money. Classes can be scheduled at locations throughout Chautauqua County. Bilingual education is available. For more information call 664-9502, ext. 217.
Visit www.eat3.org to find new recipes to try over the holiday season featuring produce available from local growers in the winter months.