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Karen Ridings

Tomatoes, the wonder fruit!

Summer is the season for tomatoes! In the Shenandoah Valley, tomatoes will be abundant by the end of June, early July. Are you ready for a delicious fruit that is a wonderful source of vitamins A and C and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant?
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Karen Ridings

Food safety after a storm

Hurricanes and severe storms can cause power outages and food safety issues. Unfortunately, many people have recently lost power for extended periods resulting in loss of refrigeration. Frequently, people want to know how long their food will keep in the refrigerator and/or freezer after an outage.
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Karen Ridings

Help your kids to health by following 9-5-2-1-0

The ancient African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" rings true today when thinking about the health of our children.
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Brittany Michael

Get that canning equipment checked out for FREE

There are opportunities through the Virginia Cooperative Extension to get your canning equipment looked over before you start your season of canning. It is FREE and you know if your gauges are still accurate year to year!
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Karen Ridings

Canning challenges!

Canning is fun, but it also has its challenges. Don't get discouraged or throw out your canner if you don't succeed the first time! Your local Family and Consumer Sciences Agent can help you become an expert canner. Here are some questions and answers about canning that might be helpful to you.
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Karen Ridings

Get ready for local strawberries - so easy to preserve!

Strawberry season is right around the corner. Not only can you buy them fresh from your local farmer's market, but many farms will allow you to pick your own! Did you know that the strawberry is a member of the rose family? It is a fruit with a delicate flavor and yet is bursting with Vitamin C, A, and potassium.
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Brittany Michael

Eating fruits and vegetables for beauty?

You may have recently heard on the news about a study showing the correlation between eating fruits and vegetables and a more radiantly toned complexion. So is this true or false?
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Brittany Michael

Feeling green?

Here are some great green fruits and vegetables to get you ready for St. Patty's Day!
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Karen Ridings

Hey moms, have your heard of 9-5-2-1-0?

9-5-2-1-0 for Health Initiative is a product of the Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition. Valley Health has recently established a childhood obesity task force that Virginia Cooperative Extension will participate in and has adopted the "9-5-2-1-0" campaign to promote children's health in our community.
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Brittany Michael

Super bowl snack ideas

Whether you watch the super bowl for the game or the commercials, don't let this day of football and friends get in the way of your New Year's resolutions to live healthier and take better care of yourself.

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