Tips for Shopping at the Farmers Market

Are some products at farmers markets better than others? Is there a benefit to buying native products like corn or honey? Are farmers markets fruits and vegetables as good as fresh produce in grocery stores? What should you look for regarding nutrition when shopping at a farmers market?

In the video below, UMass Memorial clinical dietician Maisie Ostrye answers these questions, providing advice for your next visit to the farmers market.

Join the conversation, where is your favorite farmers market?

3 Tips to Avoid Infections in Simple Cuts and Scrapes

Cuts like this might look nasty, but infections make them even worse.Playing outside is a normal part of growing up. Whether your kids are involved in organized sports a few nights a week or they just like to run around in the backyard whenever they can, exercise and fresh air are never terrible options for growing children.

However, some helicopter parents might want to protect their little ones a little too much, and even the idea of simple cuts and scrapes can be enough to make parents want to put a bubble around their kids.

Have a Chronic Migraine? Read This!

woman with migraineWhat gives you a migraine? For that matter, what gives you a chronic migraine? Just from reading the previous two sentences about migraines, you might already be developing one. Should that be the case, read on and by the end of this post you will have a much clearer idea of what you can do to lessen, and maybe eliminate, that insanely irritating migraine pain!

The Joys of Family Gardening

family gardeningGuest Blogger: Khwaja Hussain, MD, primary care provider

Spring evokes many emotions for any gardener. All the plans made over a year need to be implemented in a burst of activity over just a few weeks. A lot needs to be done, and time is of essence. Looking forward to seeing some of the perennials come back with anxious excitement is like meeting a dear friend. But, some do not come back, especially after a long, cold winter like we just had! This spring was special because we had a family of black-capped chickadees nesting in our front yard. It was a validation for all the hard work that went into our garden.

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