Posts in Fruits and Vegetables
CELEBRATING EARTH DAY WITH DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS!

Double Up Food Bucks Arizona is proud to celebrate Earth Day! We only have one planet to call home, and it’s everyone’s job to keep it happy and healthy. When you use Double Up Food Bucks at participating markets, you are nourishing the planet and helping to make every day Earth Day in our beautiful state. Here are a few ways you can celebrate with us:

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CELEBRATE ST. PATTY’S DAY WITH IN-SEASON GREENS!

St. Patrick's Day is this weekend, and Double Up Arizona is celebrating with some of our favorite in-season greens! It’s the perfect time of year to explore different types of greens like spinach, Swiss chard, kale and much more. Look for these delicious and nutritious greens at your neighborhood farmers market, and Double Up on your favorite ones for an extra special St. Patty’s Day! 

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FRUIT AND VEGGIE SUBSTITUTES FOR ANY CRAVING

With  all of the wonderful varieties of fresh, colorful produce out there, swapping your usual meal ingredients for fruit or veggie substitutes can be a breeze! Switch up your menu by adding a delicious and nutritious twist to favorite meals, whether you’re craving pasta or planning a fiesta night. Double Up on these items at your favorite Double Up Arizona markets, and swap your way to new and creative mealtimes. 

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SPRING PLANTING TIPS FOR GARDENERS OF EVERY LEVEL

Growing your own food can be an affordable way to get your favorite produce in the convenience of your own home. The planting season is approaching quickly, and being prepared ahead of time will let your garden flourish and help you get the most out of the planting season. Since we have such a warm climate from spring on, many fruits and vegetables can have full growing seasons, even harvesting late into July. Check out these tips for spring planting that will give you a head start this season!

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DOUBLE UP TIPS: STRETCHING YOUR MONTHLY FOOD BUDGET

Stretching your food budget from month to month can be a challenge. Double Up Food Bucks is here to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to make your SNAP/EBT last longer, and how get more out of the money you’re spending. Time, budget and more can affect how long monthly SNAP/EBT benefits can last. On average, people get about $125 dollars per month in SNAP/EBT, and sometimes this amount can be as little as $15 dollars or less. With such a wide range of budgets, these tips can be adjusted accordingly. Take a look and see what works best for you!

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DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS TIPS: EATING WITH THE SEASONS

All year round, Arizona farmers markets are filled with delicious, locally-grown produce. Since our diverse climate has such great growing potential, this is the perfect place to take advantage of the benefits of shopping and eating with seasonal foods in mind. Eating with the seasons is a wonderful way to explore your local food culture, get the freshest produce possible, and also support your local farmers.

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TRICK OR TREAT! HEALTHY HALLOWEEN SNACKS

Halloween is right around the corner! Everyone loves tasty treats during this fun holiday, but sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with delicious and nutritious ideas for festive snacks. Put a twist on your treats with these three easy recipes! Whether it’s for a Halloween party or a night in with the family, these are sure to wow everyone. Double Up on the fruits and veggies you’ll need at a participating market near you

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YOUR GUIDE TO SNAP AND THE DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS ARIZONA PROGRAM

Many Americans experience obstacles that make it difficult to afford and sustain a nutritious diet, and SNAP/EBT (formerly food stamps) is a resource to help people in these challenging positions do exactly that. SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is available all across the United States, and it helps increase access to healthy food for families and individuals throughout Arizona. SNAP recipients can bring home even more healthy, fresh, locally-grown produce with the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program. If you are in need of nutrition assistance, here are a few tips to help get started:

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STRETCH YOUR FOOD DOLLARS: FREEZING TIPS AND TRICKS

Double Up Food Bucks makes it easy to stock up on your favorite fruits and vegetables, but sometimes it can be a challenge to use all of your market finds before it’s too late. Freezing food is a great way to save money, make mealtimes more convenient, and get the most potential out of your Double Up Food Bucks. Here are some tips on how to utilize your freezer in a way that will benefit you, your wallet and the whole family!

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CULTIVATING COMMUNITY: ARIZONA FARMERS MARKET ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES

Farmers markets are so much more than a place to buy food – they also help cultivate strong community bonds and provide a space for community members to stay active and engaged. Markets all over Arizona have activities, events, and resources to get your family involved! Here are a few activities coming up at local Double Up markets:

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4 STEPS FOR A FLOURISHING FALL GARDEN

If you followed our summer gardening tips, growing your garden into the fall and preparing for the next planting season can be a breeze. Since the weather is still relatively warm and the first frost is in the distant future, fall gardens thrive in Arizona. This is also a great time to prepare your garden for winter fruits and vegetables. Here is some advice and guidance on advancing your fall garden to get the most out of your hard work:

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SWITCH IT UP! EASY FRUIT AND VEGGIE SUBSTITUTES

Sometimes it can be hard to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals. There are easy ways to switch things up to make your plate more colorful, fresh, and nutritious. With all of the amazing produce options you can take advantage of with your Double Up Food Bucks, these substitutions can become part of your daily routine.

From breakfast to dessert, there is always more room on the table for fruits and vegetables.

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HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Here at Double Up Food Bucks Arizona, we love fresh produce, and we love sharing ways to eat more of it. One of the best ways to promote healthy eating habits for your family every day is by adding more fruits and vegetables to your daily meals. Whether you have a picky eater at home, or you need a little help getting creative with your produce, these tips can help you add a healthy kick to any dish.

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A WEEK OF DINNERS: PLAN AHEAD TO STRETCH YOUR FOOD DOLLAR

It can be daunting to plan meals for the whole family, but a little bit of preparation can stretch your food dollars and save you time. Knowing what you want to eat for dinner before you go shopping will also help eliminate excess food waste, and help you stick to a weekly budget. We came up with a week’s worth of dinner recipes for you and your family to try out. With so many great options at our farmers markets, the possibilities are endless! Double Up on your produce and double down on your dinner plans with these great ideas.

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