photo c/o Mette Nielsen Authored by: Michelle Jebsen, Public Health Nutrition Student If there was a contest for the most beautiful vegetable the long prized, glossy, deep purple eggplant might just win the prize. Their beauty is now being exerted in some of the vendors at the market. Why not beautify your kitchen counter with […]



Authored by Jenna Carter, UMN Public Health Graduate Student Did you know that there are over twenty varieties of locally grown apples to choose from in Minnesota!? And many are now available at the Mills City Farmers Market! When choosing your apples, look for those that are rich in color (this varies depending on the […]


WIC’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Written by Andrea Kemple, University of Minnesota Nutrition Student People who purchase their foods from local farmers’ markets know at least one of the benefits of such a decision.  Maybe this purchasing decision is based on the fact that food purchased locally is fresher and more nutritious than store-bought food, or the fact that buying […]

Increasing Fruit and Vegetables

8 Tips for Increasing Fruit and Vegetables in Your Diet

Eating the recommended number of servings for fruits and vegetables can seem like a daunting task. The number of servings each person needs depends on his/her calorie needs. Check out for more information on this. Getting in your fruits and vegetables each day may be easier than you think! So, what exactly is a serving? […]


Bountiful Berries

Authored by Hilary Gebauer, UMN Public Health and Nutrition Summer is short in Minnesota – and so is berry season! So when you have the chance for fresh Minnesota grown berries be sure to take advantage. We all know that berries taste great on their own or on top of cereal, ice cream or yogurt. […]



Authored by Rachel Bowers, UMN Public Health and Nutrition Radishes tend to divide people into two camps, those who love the spicy crisp taste, and those who find the pungent flavor a little too strong.  If you’re tired of partisan vegetable politics, reach across the table for some of these radish preparation ideas. In the […]


Fall in love with Winter Squash

Authored by Rachel Bowers, UMN Public Health and Nutrition Unmistakable signs of fall are all around us.  Mornings are cool and crisp, school buses rumble down the street, in a few eager trees the leaves have started to turn colors.  Another sign of the changing season is when winter squash appears in the farmers market.  […]



Authored by Kata Hribar, UMN Public Health and Nutrition Colorful, plump and sweet – fresh green soybeans have been a staple in both Japanese and Chinese cuisine and are increasing in popularity here in America. Edamame, the Japanese name for edible soybeans, are immature soybeans, harvested after about 80 percent of their growth and are […]


Eating Local All Winter Long

Authored by Hilary Gebauer, UMN Public Health and Nutrition In the middle of February, it can be hard to talk to friends in California. They’ll tell you of their latest trip the farmers market, or the newest delicacy that showed up in their CSA box. But just because the Mill City Courtyard and the farmer’s […]



Authored by Hilary Gebauer, UMN Public Health and Nutrition Cabbage is loved around the world and many cultures have their own favorite way to prepare it from German sauerkraut to Korean kim chee. Cabbage will start showing up in the farmer’s market mid-summer and will be around into the fall. Luckily, it’s a versatile veggie […]



Authored by Jenna Carter, UMN Public Health Nutrition Program Which Fruit or Vegetable am I? Here are some clues: o I am the ovary of a flowering plant and am technically a berry. o I can be as small as a cherry or as big as a grapefruit. I also come in a variety of […]



Authored by Michelle Jebsen, Public Health Nutrition Student Herbs are a wonderful addition to the farmers market, offering a stronger local spice or flavor you can throw in your mix of produce or meat. The word herb actually originated from the Latin word “herba” which means green crops. Herbs are distinguished from vegetables because like […]

Garlic Rubbed Salmon Fish

Cook fish tonight!

Health benefits of adding more fish to your diet By Jenna Carter, UMN Public Health and Nutrition Program Originally published April 27, 2015. Fish provides an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that benefit your overall health. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in the diet because our bodies cannot produce them on […]


Summer Squash

Authored by Michelle Jebsen, UMN Public Health Nutrition Program Summer squash is a tender, warm-seasoned vegetable that is grown in Minnesota from July to September. Summer squash differs from winter squash due to its harvest time, which is before the rind hardens and the fruit matures. This delicious and nutritious vegetable appears in a broad […]


Eating Local Produce Year Round in Minnesota

Authored by Jennifer Kret, UMN Public Health Nutrition Why eat local? If you ask any devout “locavore” or “localtarian” they will tell you, among other reasons, locally grown produce is simply fresher and tastes better. The importance of eating locally produced foods is eloquently put in the Japanese interpretation of “food with a face,” and […]