February was American Heart Month, and March is National Nutrition Month®. You can celebrate heart health and good nutrition all year long, by including strawberries in your diet.
According to findings from Yale’s Prevention Research Center and several recognized health and nutrition experts, strawberries, raw spinach and blueberries ranked 100 (the highest possible nutrient-density score) in a system called the Overall Nutrition Quality Index. The system ranks foods on a numeric scale indicating that strawberries are one of the healthiest food choices around.
Strawberries are a great example of nutrient-dense foods, which provide the greatest amounts of vitamins and minerals with the fewest calories.
Celebrate your heart by eating strawberries, which have been shown to boost heart health. And, improve your nutrition by snacking on strawberries instead of sugar-packed candy, cookies or cake.
The American Heart Association annually sponsors National Heart Month, while the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month.
For more information on American Heart Month or heart health, visit the American Heart Association’s site http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/. For more information on National Nutrition Month®, visit http://www.eatrightpro.org.
Feb. 26-March 8, 2015
Come Join the Party! is the theme of the 2015 event that celebrates the festival’s 80th birthday. Florida strawberries are the star of this show. Plant City, Fla., is host to this party, which highlights agriculture exhibits, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture and crafts.
This year enjoy eleven full days of strawberries, shortcake, big name concerts, rides, stage shows, attractions, food galore, exhibits, displays, contests, competitions and a berry good time for the whole family! Visit www.flstrawberryfestival.com for details and to plan your attendance or participation!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day & Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month with sweet & nutritious winter strawberries
PLANT CITY, Fla. – Surprise your Valentine this week with something unique, fresh and nutritious – Florida winter strawberries! At the same time you can celebrate Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month.
Strawberries are the perfect treat. They’re heart shaped, ruby red, sweet, juicy and they pack a healthy punch. You can enjoy fresh berries many ways, including chocolate dipped, dropped in a romantic glass of sparkling wine, covered in whipped or fresh cream or eaten out of hand.
Giving strawberries also means you truly care about your sweetheart’s heart – and health. Because they contain lots of Vitamin C, fiber, and provide potassium, magnesium, iron, Vitamin B-6 and calcium, they are a much healthier alternative to traditional Valentine’s Day candy.
Consumers can enjoy this unique winter berries annually from November through April, when fresh-from-the-field, U.S.-grown strawberries are delivered to markets east of the Mississippi River, including the Eastern Seaboard and parts of Canada.
The Florida Strawberry Growers Association celebrates the peak of its season each February during Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month. It’s perfect timing for strawberry lovers and romantics alike. A few romantic strawberry facts include:
- The strawberry is the symbol of Venus, the goddess of love.
- In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace and prosperity.
- Folklore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.
- In France, strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac.
Usually, if couples are looking to boost their libidos for Valentine’s Day, they will buy each other something sexy. Some may go to an extreme and hire an escort stuttgart service to spice up their bedroom activities that night. Most, however, tend to keep things somewhat tame. They’ll buy some nice things still though. Maybe some lingerie, some massage oil, or a sex toy (don’t be afraid to go for something not as popular). But if we are to believe the French, strawberries can make you fall in love and get you both in the mood! Eat enough of them and you may just end up having the sort of sex you can view in a tubev.sex video. You never know!
Some women like to turn the romance up a notch by heading to the beauty salon and getting certain treatments for the romantic night ahead. Preparing with a wax or using the best anal bleaching cream can boost someones confidence in the bedroom and make the night more romantic.
Plant City, Fla., has been proclaimed “The Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.” The ideal climate and productive soils, along with dedicated family farms that have existed for many generations, provide the most locally grown and “Fresh from Florida” strawberries during the winter months.
Local growers and members of the FSGA produce about 15 percent of the nation’s strawberries and virtually all the berries grown during the winter. The commodity has an economic impact on the local community exceeding $700 million. For more information about FSGA, visit www.flastrawberry.com.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today launched a new “Fresh From Florida” marketing campaign with billboard ads across the state that feature fresh Florida produce.
“These billboards will showcase wholesome and delicious Florida strawberries, tomatoes and sweet corn,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “The new ad campaign will help us increase awareness for the seasonal availability of ‘Fresh From Florida’ products.”
Beginning today, the billboard ads will be up in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Boynton Beach and Tallahassee. The strawberry billboards will go through February, followed by tomatoes and sweet corn.
Read more at: Fresh from Florida
For the seventh year in a row, members of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association donated toys to the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. According to a news release, members of the Association attended their annual awards banquet on Dec. 12 with gifts in hand.
“Seven large bags were overflowing with toys during the 32nd Annual Florida Strawberry Growers Association Awards Banquet, known as the Jam,” Sue Harrell, director of marketing, said in a press release.
Read more at The Packer.
When the members of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association attend their annual awards banquet, they don’t show up empty handed. For the seventh year in a row, the strawberry farmers used this opportunity on Dec. 12 to support the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
“Each member who attends brings an unwrapped gift for a boy or girl for ages infant to 14,” said Sue Harrell, director of marketing for FSGA. Harrell said growers also contribute cash to the effort so the local Toys for Tots campaign can purchase items to meet the unique needs of the children they serve in the Tampa Bay area.
“Seven large bags were filled to overflowing with toys during the 32nd Annual FSGA Awards Banquet, known as the Jam,” Harrell said.
Also for the seventh year, Master Sgt. Danny Ramirez was on hand to accept the toy and cash donations from Harrell and FSGA Executive Director Kenneth Parker (photo attached/available).
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and the only charitable endeavor within the Department of Defense that reaches outside the military establishment to give something back to the communities from which it draws the young men and women who wear the uniforms of the armed services of the United States.
The U.S. Marines have distributed more than 469 million toys to over 216 million needy children throughout the nation. For more information about the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, visit the website at http://www.toysfortots.org/
The Florida Strawberry Growers Association was formed in 1982, and became a voice for Florida strawberry growers. Its mission continues to allow farmers to be partners in research, promotion and member/community service. Local growers and members of the FSGA produce about 15 percent of the nation’s strawberries and virtually all the berries grown during the winter. The commodity, grown on approximately 11,000 acres, has an economic impact on the local community exceeding $700 million. For more information about FSGA, visit www.flastrawberry.com.
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