Celebrate March is National Nutrition Month with America’s Favorite Vegetable — Potatoes
This month, we celebrate National Nutrition Month and it’s the perfect time to spotlight the nutritional and economic benefits of America’s favorite vegetable — potatoes.
Potatoes are a nutrient powerhouse
Potatoes are gluten free, fat free, rich in Vitamin C, and loaded with potassium. With all of these nutritional and health benefits, potatoes make for the perfect performance-boosting fuel for our body. Potatoes provide the energy, potassium, and complex carbohydrates needed to perform at your best.
Not only are potatoes packed full of natural goodness that nurtures our body but they taste delicious and are a budget-friendly buy in the produce aisle. This highly versatile vegetable has a longer shelf life than other fresh produce items. It’s best to store potatoes in a cool, dark, dry pantry or basement to help get the best potato eating experience and shelf life. Potatoes continue go-to be a staple for home cooks to make delicious and nutritious meals for their family at an excellent value.
Potatoes remain an excellent value to stretch a food budget and are a nutritional staple as part of a healthy lifestyle for just pennies per pound. For tips to shopping healthy on a budget, visit: sm.eatright.org/shopbudget.
This year’s National Nutrition Month theme, “Fuel for the Future,” highlights the importance of fueling our bodies at every age and eating with the environment in mind. Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs with sustainable foods.
Alsum Farms is a Wisconsin Healthy Grown® certified potato farm. The program has guided our farm sustainability practices since its founding in 1996. As part of Alsum Farms commitment to provide customers and consumers sustainably grown potatoes we undergo annually Wisconsin Healthy Grown® certification of all our farm fields. Below are a few highlights of what we do to earn this Healthy Grown distinction as part of our regenerative agriculture efforts.
- Use crop rotation and cover crops to reduce diseases and prevent erosion.
- Maintain 50 acres of restored prairies and pollinator habitat with more planned to cultivate sustainable crops and food supply.
- Agronomists and professional scouts conduct weekly inspections of all fields for plant health.
- Use soil sensor technology and cameras on irrigation pivots to monitor water and pest control.
- Water plants only when needed.
- Actively recycle paper and metal.
- Conduct on-farm research and field trials to find ways to grow more with less.
- Provide educational tours to show farming sustainably.
Learn more about Alsum Farms sustainability and stewardship work.
Join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month by discovering the power-packed nutritional benefits of potatoes today! Grab a bag of Alsum potatoes and let’s get cooking one of the many delicious and easy to make potato recipes today!
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.