Hoboken Health Corner: June 2011

Healthy Hoboken Farmers’ Markets!

By Leslie Goldstein, RD

Where can you be outdoors in the summer, meet friendly people and discover new foods grown near your hometown? THE FARMERS’ MARKETS!

There are about 2 million farmers markets in the US, 80% of which are run by small farms. Farmers markets are great places to purchase local foods from fresh fruits and vegetables to whole grains, fresh meats, poultry and fish, flowers and herbs. Farmers sell the foods directly to the consumer and are happy to talk about them, describing the best ways to prepare and how the foods are grown.

Why shop at a farmers markets and not the supermarket?

  • They are usually less expensive than supermarkets with no middleman selling the foods
  • Foods taste fresher as they travel less miles to arrive in your kitchen
  • They are a good way to support the community you live in as well as small farmers and meet some neighbors
  • You can discover a variety of foods and experiment with new recipes

What is local in New Jersey during the summer?

  • FRUITS: Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, plums
  • VEGETABLES: Asparagus, beets, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, peppers, tomatoes, corn

Hoboken has two farmers’ markets each week through October!

  1. Downtown on Tuesdays 3:00-7:00 PM: Washington St. between Newark St. and Observer Hwy
  2. Uptown on Thursdays 3:00-7:00 PM: Hudson St. between 12th & 13th Street

About Leslie Goldstein, RD

Leslie Goldstein is a Registered Dietitian (RD) practicing in North Bergen and Hoboken, New Jersey. Leslie is an avid exerciser who combines her nutrition knowledge and passion with motivational support in counseling to help her clients make lifestyle changes. Leslie specializes in weight management, general wellness, Diabetes, bariatric surgery, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Leslie accepts most major insurances. www.healthystepnutrition.com 8100 Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen, NJ 07047 Ph: 201-378-3287 Email: LeslieGoldsteinRD@gmail.com

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