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Aspirus’ Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program continues

The perfect place to find fresh food is at your local farmers market. From farm to table, the produce is one of the healthiest ways to get all of your nutrients.

“Freshness is what makes farmers markets attractive,” said Aspirus Registered Dietitian Taylor Mattson. “Most of the food there has been picked at the peak of its freshness and flavor. Do you like peaches from the grocery store? You're going to love peaches from the farmers market.” 

Aspirus has launched another year of their Fruit and Vegetable Prescription (FVRx) Program which helps provide patients with access to fresh produce. Patients are identified by the Patient -Centered Medical Home team. Eligible patients are given a “prescription” to use at one of many participating farmers markets in the Aspirus service area.

“The program is particularly valuable this year, given the number of people dealing with financial hardships,” Mattson added. “We know that access to local fresh fruits and veggies isn’t something everyone can obtain. We are so happy to be able to offer this program in our area and help put local foods on our patient’s plates.”

Oftentimes farmers market vendors provide free tastes of things like raspberries, local jellies, and fruit. The aromas of fresh vegetables and fruits are absolutely wonderful, It makes you want to start planting. You are bound to taste or see something that triggers a smile.
Here are some tips for getting the most from your trip to the farmers market:

Go early.
You may not need to be among the first arrivals for a weekday market, but weekend markets get busy fast. If you arrive too late, the best pickings may be gone.

Bring cash and reusable bags.
Transactions will go easier if you have a pocket of small bills. Plus, you need sturdy bags to carry your items home.

Talk to the vendors.
The sellers want to talk about their fruits, veggies, and jams. Ask for buying and storing tips. They can often give you recipe ideas too.

For more information on the FVRx program or to see if you qualify, call your local Aspirus hospital or visit https://www.aspirus.org/fvrx-program.