Celebrate June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month!

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By Kaleigh Waldvogel, Alsum Farms & Produce Sales and Marketing Intern

With summer months approaching and June being National Fruit and Vegetable Month, it’s the perfect time to incorporate a variety of fresh produce into your daily routine. From fresh berries to nutrient-dense potatoes, there are options for everyone. Potatoes and onions are versatile foods that are nutrient rich, sustain energy levels, and support the immune system. These vegetables are a staple food with many uses.

Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables:

Fruits and vegetables are essential to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. They are high in fiber while low in calories. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals that are needed to help individuals stay healthy. These foods contain calcium, which promotes bone health; iron, to regulate the functioning of cells; and magnesium, to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Eating plenty of fresh produce can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and give your mental health a boost. To learn more about different nutrients, visit the fruit & vegetable nutrition database.

Why Wisconsin Healthy Grown® Certified Alsum Potatoes?

Alsum Farms grows 3,000 acres of Wisconsin Healthy Grown ® Certified Alsum potatoes at two farming locations in Wisconsin’s sandy fields, where the soil provides ideal growing conditions for the vegetable. As a founding member of the Healthy Grown® program, Alsum Farms utilizes the program’s regenerative agriculture approach to farming that works to strengthen ecosystems and community resilience. Potatoes are an essential part of our diets. Potatoes can be prepared many ways from baking, roasting, mashing, and more. This makes it easy to prepare different dishes with just one ingredient. Potatoes are a good energy source that can sustain your body for a longer time to keep you full. These vegetables are nutrient rich and provide the body with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber to help with heart health and digestion. Potatoes are free of sodium, fat, and cholesterol. Explore the different types of Alsum potatoes today.

Why Alsum Onions?

Alsum onions are another staple food for our diets. Grilled onions are a perfect addition to any summer meal like burgers and brats and can also be used to spruce up any summer salad. Onions are convenient to buy as they are widely available year-round. Their low cost allows families to incorporate these into any dish without breaking the bank. They are easy to prepare and well-liked by everyone. When stored in a cool and dry place, onions can last several weeks without going bad. Learn more about the different types of farm-fresh onions available.

Summer is the perfect time to invite friends and family over for a backyard barbecue or a picnic at a park to enjoy a meal together. The versatile duo of Alsum potatoes and onions are sure to enhance any recipe. Check out our favorite summer recipes for the grill!

Mini Grilled Hasselback Potatoes

Mini Grilled Hasselback Potatoes

Grilled Potato Kabobs with Lemon Herb Drizzle

Grilled Potato Kabobs with Lemon Herb Drizzle

Grilled Potato Dippers with a Trio of Sauces

Grilled Potato Dippers with a Trio of Sauces

Beer Bratwurst with Potato “Kraut” and Caramelized Onions, and Whole Grain Mustard Aioli

Beer Bratwurst with Potato "Kraut", Caramelized Onions and Whole Grain Mustard Aioli

Now is the best time to get creative and try out new foods. Next time you are at the grocery store, spend a few extra minutes in the produce aisle, and stock your shopping cart with colorful produce, good-for-you potatoes, and savory onions! Happy cooking!