During the past few weeks, both Southeast Area Farmers’ Market locations have enjoyed heavy traffic. In fact, Market Manager, Yvonne Woodard, has had a real challenge closing the market on time—there are simply too many customers stopping by to shop for fresh, chemical free produce.
In addition, Our Kitchen Table, the group in charge of the market locations this year, just found out that that Senior Project Fresh Coupons do not expire until November 12. So, the markets will stay open an extra week to honor those coupons.
So often, we hear the message that children need to eat their vegetables. However, eating healthy is just as important for senior citizens. Your body’s basic nutrition requirements do not decrease as you get older. In fact, you may require even larger amounts of certain nutrients as you grow older.
The antioxidants that give fresh fruits and vegetables their brilliant colors protect the aging memory and may help prevent Alzheimer’s. The vitamins in found in fresh produce protect the heart. You’ve heard the joke about rabbits not needing glasses because they eat carrots. Well, it’s true! The vitamin A found in carrots helps protect your eyesight. Other nutrients found in a wide range of produce also help prevent vision problems in older folks.
Asthma, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer can all be addressed through eating a diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables. It may seem confusing to figure out how much you need of each fruit or vegetable to prevent each specific ailment that comes with aging. So, don’t. Just be sure to include many servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet every day.
- Gerald R. Ford Middle School, Fridays 5 to 7 p.m.
- Garfield Park, Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.