Here at FINNEGANS, our mission is to turn our beers into food. We work with local food shelves to help put food on the tables of hungry families. An important factor to consider is what kind of food we provide. We stress the great benefits of fresh produce that comes from community assisted farms. But why are fresh fruits and vegetables so important?
The USDA recommends that half of a meal be made up of fruits and vegetables. Growing research shows that these important food groups are critical to promoting good health. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help protect from chronic disease. A good mix is best way to get your body Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and dietary minerals. Studies have shown that those who eat a healthy diet full of generous portions of fruits and vegetables are less likely to experience strokes, cardiovascular diseases, and some kinds of cancer.
What better way to get fresh fruits and vegetables than from a local farm? The FINNEGANS Community Fund is continuing to support the expansion of EFN’s Harvest for the Hungry program
which develops a sustainable partnership between the food shelves and local farms in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Local produce is fresher and easier on the environment due to less shipping time. Another advantage of eating fresh farm produce is that they are in their simplest form. Pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat, and processed fruits and veggies may be convenient but often are much more expensive.
CSA Farms offer the great option to eat seasonal as well! Some fruits in that are peaking during the autumn/winter season are apples, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, pears, plums, and raspberries. Great veggies for this season are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkin and squash. Not only does this produce taste better at its peak freshness, but also typically costs less in season too.
We are all responsible for a healthy community!