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October 18, 2011 

Fall Farmers Markets Bring Lots of Nutrition

Sheboygan, Wis. — Farmers market season isn't over yet, and fall is a great time to load up on good nutrition. This is the time of year we see pears, apples, pumpkins, pomegranate, parsnip and turnip, cauliflower, figs, cranberries and sweet potatoes. "That's a big variety of fruits and vegetables that are good sources of Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin A, Potassium and fiber," said Michelle Schmitz, Registered Dietician, St. Nicholas Hospital.

One of the key messages from US Department of Agriculture My Plate program is to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, and choose a variety of colors. Shopping at a farmers market offers good choices. "These items are locally grown and picked at their peak, which means they contain an abundance of nutrients and flavor," said Schmitz. "It can also be a money-saver for families. Typically when foods are in season, they are less expensive."

Schmitz recommends a fall farmers market as a fun outing. "It's a way to introduce new fruits and vegetables to your family's diet and learn how to make creative, healthy meals together," she said. And, you might want to stock up. "Many of these items can be frozen and saved for winter months," said Schmitz. "Frozen fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and canned fruits in light or natural syrup are healthy winter choices. And mixed blends of vegetables can be frozen, then used later for stir-fry, soups, or casseroles."

The Sheboygan Farmers Market at Fountain Park runs through October 30.

About St. Nicholas Hospital

St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue , Sheboygan , Wisconsin . Our mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through our core values of respect, care, competence, and joy. To learn more, visit .

About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi . It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems in Wisconsin (Sheboygan, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and two in Green Bay) and in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator). For more information about HSHS, visit

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