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Finding fruits and vegetables right around the corner

One of the best ways to improve your diet and increase the nutritional value of your meals is adding more fruits and vegetables. Vitamins, minerals and fiber found in vegetables may help protect you from chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

Dr. Leo Galland, author of The Fat Resistance Diet, encourages people to eat fruits and vegetables with deep colors and intense flavors. These fruits and vegetables have high levels of anti-inflammatory properties, which may have increased health benefits.

While it may not always seem easy or cost-effective to purchase vegetables, there are many options in Harlem to access these healthy foods at a lower cost.

There are at least 10 farmers markets in Harlem open in the summer months, and a few are even open year-round! Produce is available to buy directly from the farmers growing the food. Many of these markets now accept EBT/Food Stamps.

Buying local produce can be cost effective. By buying local foods in-season there is less cost to transport the food. There is also less environmental impact from the trucks delivering the food, since they travel shorter distances.

These vegetables can all be found in Harlem, either at a farmers market, local grocery store (Pathmark or Fairway) or your neighborhood bodega.


Spring

  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Collard greens
  • Fennel
  • Potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar and snap peas
Summer
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Fall

  • Acorn squash
  • Apples
  • Butternut squash
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato
  • Swiss chard

Winter

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Chestnuts
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Onions
  • Oranges and tangerines
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips

This article about health and wellness was written by HHPC and reviewed by our Health Advisory Board

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