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What is the Power of Produce?

If you are a fan of fresh produce you have probably visited the Farmer’s Market at Festhalle Market Platz in the Warehouse District of Cullman. From April to October, the market bodes the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find. But, are there some fresh ingredients that you aren’t sure how to prepare? Or, are there certain foods that your children refuse to eat? Luckily, the Power of Produce (POP) program is back for the 2017 market season to try and help to convert your picky eaters! So, what exactly is the POP program? POP is targeted toward children ages 12 and under and their parents. It is a produce tasting program designed to make it easier for kids and adults to try new, healthy foods. Sometimes, it is not the kids that are picky and unwilling to try new foods, it’s the parents. This program presents the opportunity to step out and try new foods, by sampling recipes that feature these fruits and vegetables. The program not only allows the sampling of the produc…
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Featured Activity of the Month: Foam Rolling

After a tense week, or a difficult workout you need to take time to stretch and relieve muscle soreness and tension. One of the best ways to relieve and restore normal muscle function is through the practice of self-myofascial release, or foam rolling. Rising in popularity, but not at all new to professional athletes. This is a recovery method that has been used by trainers for years, but has now made a mainstream appearance and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. So, what exactly is foam rolling? It’s a simple way to massage muscles and speed up the recovery process without having to schedule a weekly appointment with your massage therapist (score!). This method of recovery can break-up adhesions and scar tissue that cause muscle tightness. Don’t get ahead of yourself though. Foam rolling can be uncomfortable, but should not be unbearable. But why would you willingly do something to your body that hurts? If you have ever had a deep tissue massage, you know it can be uncomfor…

Healthy Strawberry Recipes

Looking for recipes that feature Cullman County strawberries? Check out the Cullman City Parks and Recreation Pinterest page for recipe inspiration!

Here are some of our favorite strawberry recipes for meal time!

Breakfast: 
Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins  Lunch: Strawberry Chicken Poppyseed Salad Strawberry Chicken & Bacon Wraps Dinner: Balsamic Glazed Salmon with Strawberry Salsa Strawberry Basil Chicken Enjoy!

Berry Good for You!

Cullman County is an agricultural hub mostly known for sweet potato and chicken farming. However, as the months become warmer, the strawberry becomes a celebrated commodity among producers and consumers in this close-knit community. The strawberry has a pretty impressive résumé when you lay out all of it’s known health benefits. You may not have to be convinced to eat this super fruit, but here are some heath and wellness facts about strawberries that could surprise you! •Strawberries protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and guard against cancer!
•Strawberries contain vitamins, fiber, anti-oxidants, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, Folic acid, and amino acids.
•Vitamin C in strawberries is not only considered an immune booster, but it helps to ward off histamine that causes runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing fits. One study has shown that vitamin C supplementation decreased histamine levels by 38%, while other studies have shown tha…