Not everyone is a fan of fresh fruits and vegetables, but they are essential for good health and important to incorporate into your diet. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and in addition to the great selection of farmers markets in our region, Sacramento County has programs dedicated to helping communities get safe and plentiful fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Agricultural Commission
ensures that fruits and vegetables entering the County are safe. Inspectors check for the quality of fruits, nuts, vegetables and other perishable items that arrive to make sure they meet the state standards.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an integral part of maintaining health but are sometimes perceived as more expensive. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has a free PDF cookbook on eating well for only $4 a day to help residents understand how they can get proper nutrition on a budget along with fun ideas for meals using healthy options.
The Women Infants and Children (WIC) program helps provide free fresh food and healthy living tips to young women with children in the community. Eating well and staying healthy is important, especially for young children, and this program strives to improve their wellbeing while integrating healthy life choices. For more information and to see if you qualify, please visit their webpage
To get more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, visit any one of the many farmers’ markets in the area. Find a full list on the California Grown Certified Farmers’ Market page
and discover local farmers markets in Natomas, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks and Sacramento.
Writer: Alicia Solheim, Sacramento County Communication and Media Intern