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Community farmers markets are a distinct part of American culture and a unique feature of many Florida towns and cities. Each farmers market reflects the area's charm with locally produced specialties — such as fruits, vegetables, nursery stock and other products — for sale directly to the public. Most community farmers markets are open on a seasonal basis. Each retail farmers market in Florida is independent and establishes its own vendor rules and regulations.
Vendors at community farmers markets in select Florida counties participate in the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), which provides WIC participants with coupons that can be used to purchase locally grown, fresh Florida fruits and vegetables. This produce can be purchased at authorized farmers markets from April 1 to July 31.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) maintains a list of community farmers markets throughout Florida, but, because community farmers markets are not required to register with us, the list is not a complete one. Being listed does not imply that a market is endorsed, approved or otherwise sanctioned by FDACS.
Look for Fresh Florida Products at Farmers Markets
In recent years, there has been an increase in local community farmers markets due to the popularity of local, fresh, sustainable and organic foods. The move to support small farms and businesses and connect with the community has been at the forefront of this growth. FDACS encourages consumers to familiarize themselves with Florida-grown crops and when they are available by viewing theFlorida Seasonal Availability Chart. Though most Florida crops are seasonal, some farmers do grow their produce in greenhouses or other facilities, thus making certain items available at different times of the year.
Here are some questions consumers can ask of farmers market vendors to find out how and where their goods are grown:
Do you grow these yourself? Do you grow all that you sell? If not, is it local or do you buy wholesale? What do you consider local?
Where is your farm located? May I visit your farm? How are your products grown?
If organic, who certifies your farm or may I see your certification?
Community Farmers Market Locator
Below is a list of community farmers markets in Florida. Contact information for each community farmers market is available by selecting the market name. Contact the individual markets directly for dates and hours of operation and for information about how to rent booth space to participate as a vendor.
Fermented foods have unique functional properties that promote many health benefits due to the presence of functional microorganism that possess probiotics properties, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and peptide production. Sauerkraut has many powerful benefits because it is living fermented food. Fermentation brings to life wonderful microbes, such as lactobacillus and is far more superior in the probiotic content than yogurt. The lactic acid that sauerkraut creates is beneficial for the intestinal flora; it also balances pH and helps break down proteins. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, K minerals such as iodine, calcium, folate, iron, potassium and manganese. The fermentation process increases the bioavailability of nutrients making it an excellent source of a living food; it also helps on removing heavy metals and toxins in the body, assisting on improving the immune system. Sauerkraut as many other fermented foods are beneficial on th
1. What are the best methods of assessment for calcium, magnesium and phosphorus? • Phosphorus can be assessed by monitoring serum concentration and urinary excretion; when dietary intake of phosphorus increases the serum level increases as well; also, when urinary excretion increases this can indicate high dietary intake, high PTH and acidosis. We also have to keep in mind that when urinary excretion decreases this means that there is an effect on calcitriol, alkalosis, estrogen, thyroid and growth hormones. • For Magnesium, serum levels are tightly controlled, and due to this, it is not a good marker for the status of magnesium in the body. Therefore, the best way to assess magnesium is through urine excretion before and after magnesium is administered into the body intravenously. When the body is deficient in magnesium, it will hold onto it opposed to excreting it through the urine. When an individual is deficient in magnesium less than 80% of the magnesium is sec
Comprehensive Elimination Diet The Comprehensive Elimination Diet is a dietary program designed to clear the body of foods and chemicals you may be allergic or sensitive to and, at the same time, to improve your body’s ability to handle and dispose of these substances. This is called an Elimination Diet because you will be asked to remove certain foods, and food categories, from your diet. The main rationale behind the diet is that these modifications allow your body’s detoxification machinery, which may be overburdened or compromised, to recover and begin to function efficiently again. The dietary changes help the body eliminate or “clear” various toxins that may have accumulated due to environmental exposure, foods, beverages, drugs, alcohol, or cigarette smoking. Clinical experience has shown this process to be generally well-tolerated and extremely beneficial. There is really no “typical” or “normal” response. A person’s initial response to any new diet is hig
Protocol for immune system support: How to support your immune system? The best way to support your immune system is by adding Glutathione and high levels of vitamin C to your diet. It is a straightforward formula and extremely important to your health. Most people are Glutathione deficient; we are experiencing an epidemic of Glutathione deficiency in our population due to poor diet, toxins, pollution, medications, stress, and trauma. All of these conditions deplete our body from its natural Glutathione production [1,2] What is Glutathione: It is a simple molecule that is made of 3 amino acids cystine, glycine, and glutamic acid. Glutathione is the mother of all antioxidants and the powerhouse of the immune system. It is needed to recover and prevent all medical conditions. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant found in both plants and animals. Often called the “master antioxidant,” Glutathione also boosts other antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, as well a
Cholesterol is made in the liver and is vital for human life. Cholesterol aids in the production of sex hormones, it assist the liver in bile production and is a building block for human tissue. Cholesterol is know as VLDL, LDL and HDL they are all lipoproteins which are compounds made of fat and protein that are responsible for delivering the cholesterol where is most needed in the body. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol. LDL could lead to plaque accumulation on the walls of the arteries narrowing the blood vessels and straining the necessary flow of oxygen in the blood throughout the body. It could also lead to blood clots that if breaking loose they could block the flow of blood causing a heart attack or stroke. LDL ideally should be lees than 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) in blood test (1). HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol. HDL keeps the cardiovascular system healthy and it aids on the removal of LDL from the arter
Anti-Inflammatory Menu Dietary Tips Aim for variety Include as much fresh food as possible Minimize your consumption of processed foods and fast food Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables Aim for 40 to 50 percent from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fat, and 20 to 30 percent from protein in your caloric intake Try to include carbohydrates, fat, and protein at each meal Carbohydrates The majority of your carbs should be in the form of less-refined, less- processed foods with a low glycemic load. Reduce your consumption of foods made with wheat flour and sugar, especially bread and most packaged snack foods (including chips and pretzels). Eat more whole grains such as brown rice and bulgur wheat in which the grain is intact or in a few large pieces. These are preferable to whole wheat flour products, which have roughly the same glycemic index as white flour products. Eat more beans, winter squashes, an
Clinical research shows that children diagnosed or suspected diagnosis with autism and ADHD will benefit with nutritional changes including the removal of common problem foods in their diet. The gut and brain connection in autism and ADHD is still under research however; experts in the field agree that many children with these conditions have food sensitivities and most likely they also suffer from gastrointestinal problems, including chronic congestion and frequently ear infections . Most problematic foods are protein found in dairy products, gluten, rye and soy are the foods that trigger the most problems. Some children with food sensitivities symptoms could mimic signs of ADHD. When kids eliminate trigger foods their symptoms decrease substantially. Best diet for children with Autism and ADHD are diet that supports the gut. Probiotics is a good supplement to start. Probiotics is an intake of healthy bacteria that increases immunity and helps bowel diso
Type 2 diabetes is affecting over 35% of adults in the United States. Diabetes has been categorized as an inflammatory disease, sharing many of the characteristics of cardiovascular disease (1). Obesity and type 2 diabetes are strongly associated with increase inflammation in the body and as the inflammation in the adipose tissue increases this becomes a systematic inflammation that results in metabolic syndrome, and followed by development of type 2 diabetes. Research suggested that a reversal of both conditions could be achieved by reducing the levels of inflammation though the use of anti-inflammatory diets. Medical nutrition therapy has been recommended for treatment of diabetes and inflammation (2). Components of the Mediterranean diet offer many advantages, as they are anti-inflammatory foods. As suggested in this article the Mediterranean diet such as fruits, vegetables, olive oil, oily fish, tree nuts they all serve as a model for functional foods for their natur
Hello Everyone! I want to share with all my followers something that I have been asked thousand of times during my career. So, what is the perfect diet? I would say that the recommendations for the ideal diet are starting with plant foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains to cut with inflammation. (Inflammation has been link with pain and many non-communicable diseases.) Main causes are from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the harmful use of alcohol. The first thing that I address from my new clients is weather the client has acute or chronic inflammation due to his/her diet. It is important because Chronic inflammation is linked to increased risk of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, dementia and even depression. Unfortunately, the “Western” diet contains high intakes of refined grains, red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, desserts, high-fat