Category: The Well

Recipes, quizzes, and more interactive fun to keep you well

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.
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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.

The Stand (Not by Stephen King)

standing at deskWe have all heard the phrase, “Stand up for what you believe in.” As important as these words are for conducting one’s own life, we can create just as vital words of wisdom by tweaking this expression and instead saying, “Stand up for healthy living.” It’s just as catchy to say, but what makes it powerful is the data that shows the value of taking time to literally stand up!