At the peak of the season, we get the ripest, freshest, and highest quality foods when they are produced in-state, which means more vitamins and minerals, better taste, and overall quality. Many vegetables and fruits sold out of season or out-of-state have been picked prior to ripening so they'll be ready for sale when they hit the store shelves. Here's how you can find locally grown produce and choose Arkansas foods wisely.
Eating Well in Arkansas
Here in Arkansas we have a wealth of resources to help us make good choices when planning and preparing our meals.
Check out the topics below to find out more about our nutrition education programs and cooking schools, healthy recipes for you and your family, and Arkansas-grown foods.
Cooking at home is one way to plan and keep track of calories, portion sizes, and nutrients. Since you can see the ingredients, you know EXACTLY what is in each serving you eat—a great advantage to cooking your own food—nothing is HIDDEN. Unfortunately, many people avoid cooking at home either because they feel that their cooking skills aren't up to par, don't have the time, or prefer the taste and quality of meals eaten out. This doesn't have to be the case! If you are interested in participating in one of our many cooking schools, contact your local county Extension Agent.
The mission of EFNEP is to empower limited-income individuals and families with children acquire knowledge, skills, attitude and behavior changes necessary to maintain nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal development. EFNEP provides food and nutrition education for limited resource audiences in 13 counties in Arkansas. Click on the link below to find out if your county is served by EFNEP.Resources for EFNEP
An essential part of becoming a Healthier You is making healthy choices. One of the simplest and most effective healthy choices you can make is to know what you are eating. Cooking at home is one sure-fire way to plan and keep track of calories, portion sizes, nutrients, and all of that other good stuff. Here are almost 100 easy-to-make, fun, and delicious heart-healthy recipes.Get our free healthy recipes
The goal of SNAP-Ed is to provide educational nutrition programs that help food stamp participants and those eligible for food stamps make healthier food choices and adopt active lifestyles. Please follow and share the link if you or if someone you know may be interested in receiving food assistance or nutrition education.Explore SNAP-ed