Farm to Freezer! Have you heard of it? The concept is simple. Farmers freeze their fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness. That seals in all the deliciousness and nutrition so you can enjoy it anytime.
I used to think frozen produce meant lower quality, but I was wrong!Read about what changed my mind.
My friend Molly, farmer at Pearmine Farms, says it takes her about 6 hours to harvest the produce and get the produce and process it. Pearmine Farms who grows about 1,000 acres of veggies like cauliflower, corn, broccoli for NORPAC… and freezes her produce in only 6 hours. That is fast! It truly is fresh from your freezer!
Using locally-produced frozen produce helps farmers like Molly who have a short window of time to produce good food for you. There’s is no way you can eat it all at that time. Ask your local grocer to point you in the direction of local foods in the freezer section.
Since incorporating more frozen fruits and veggies into our family’s routine with smoothies, our kids actually eat more produce over the day. And who doesn’t want their kids eating more fruits and vegetables?
Here is a super simple delicious smoothie using canned and frozen fruits you can make with even your youngest kids.
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 cup pears (fresh or canned. If canned, drain juice)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- Put all ingredients in blender and blend until evenly mixed
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately
This smoothie is a great quick breakfast. You can freeze any extra (or make a double batch) in popsicle molds to make quick, nutritious after-school snacks.
Edited and re-posted with permission from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Watch the video to see me make the smoothie.