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Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
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Freeport, IL 61032
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Winnebago Local Foods Initiative

Winnebago Local Foods Initiative

How To Incorporate Local Foods into Your Everyday Meals

Easy Ways to Incorporate Local Foods Into Every Day Eating

Top yogurt with sliced strawberries.

Enjoy pancakes, French toast or waffles, eat them with

fresh homemade applesauce or any other fruit sauces

such as rhubarb or strawberry/rhubarb.

Make your own convenience bags of pre-cut vegetables to have in the refrigerator for easy snacking. Carrots, celery, broccoli, etc. work great.

Let your eyes tell the story as you look for great vegetables to make

a pot of homemade, home grown vegetable soup.

Top your favorite cereal with locally grown

fresh strawberries, peaches, raspberries, etc.

Summer grilling – top burgers with onions, lettuce, radishes, and tomatoes from fresh garden produce.

Enjoy omelets or scrambled eggs: find some peppers, onions, zucchini, spinach, or tomatoes to add color, flavor and some great nutrients. Take it one step further and use farm fresh eggs and fresh garden herbs.

Top your fresh garden green salad with

slices of apples, strawberries, raspberries, pears, etc.

Enrich the value of pancakes or waffles by adding grated apple and

a dash of cinnamon to the batter. Serve with locally produced honey.

Freeze pieces of your favorite local fresh fruit,

such as strawberries, peaches, raspberries, etc. and process in a blender with a cup of milk and a tablespoon of honey for a quick fruit smoothie.

Freeze cut-up rhubarb, onions, green peppers, pears, and apples on baking sheets. Package into freezer bags or containers, label and enjoy

during the rest of year in your favorite recipes.