I am the first to admit that pulling into a farmer's market is a little overwhelming. I am not a vegetable connoisseur. The row upon row of green, red and purple fruits and vegetables has been known to cause mild anxiety attacks. Which one do I pick? How do I prepare it?
Well, if you are a fresh produce novice like me, help is on the way. The University of Missouri Extension released a free smart phone application for iPhone, iPad and Android based on its publication Seasonal and Simple: A guide for enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables.
The app guides users through selecting, preparing and storing fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Missouri, according to dietitian and MU Extension associate Cindy DeBlauw. So, whether you are at the farmers market or local grocery story, users can look up the perfect fruit or vegetable and know what it should look, feel and smell like before purchasing it.
If you're on the road, the app provides a county-by-county listing of Missouri farmers markets. It also includes recipes and nutrition information, which proves a big help in the kitchen.
The application was created through a collaboration of MU faculty, staff and students from Human Environmental Sciences Extension, the Missouri School of Journalism and the College of Engineering.
So get out and enjoy some fresh fruit and vegetables with confidence—just remember to take your phone.
To obtain Seasonal and simple:
Download the app for Android devices here and the app for an iPhone or IOS device here.
The printed guide can be ordered online or it can be purchased from your local Extension office.