Late July is a peak produce period for farmers, and the vendor stalls at our market are bursting with color. It all looks so good that you want to buy everything. But that abundant array also can feel a bit overwhelming.

How do you Eat the Rainbow? When you're shopping, think color!

Start with GREEN. Spinach, salad greens, cucumbers, celery, Swiss chard, kale and Asian greens. These leafy greens are often a good source of folic acid, Vitamin K, and potassium.

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Then think RED. Tomatoes and watermelon are not only bright and beautiful. They are also associated with lycopene, an antioxidant. Red fruits and vegetables are also usually high in Vitamin C and folate.

For ORANGE, there are carrots and cantaloupe. Orange is associated with beta-carotene, another antioxidant, and high levels of Vitamin C.

YELLOW is for corn and certain varieties of summer squash. Yellow is the sister of orange, containing mostly the same nutrients.

And finally, think PURPLE. Plump blueberries, purple onions and eggplant. Their deep blue to purplish hues signify a rich level of phytochemicals.

All fruits and vegetables are a good source of fiber and each has their own unique combination of vitamins and minerals. It is recommended that we eat at least 10 servings a day. So fill up your (reusable) bags today!

Free Seed Packets: What can you do to help replenish honey bee habitat? Plant a pollinator garden!

Help yourself to free packets of easy-to-grow wildflower seeds at the Volunteer Booth. We are sharing!