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Living Well in Yalobusha County

The Extension Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day, but it will be business as usual the rest of the week. Our Healthy You exercise class  that meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will not meet on July 4. The classes are free.  Make sure to wear cool comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.  

The Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers (MHV) will meet on Thursday, July 5, at 10 a.m. to crochet.  The group is led by volunteer Karol Jarman.  You will need a crochet hook and yarn. The meeting is open to the public.

The MHV family cookout is scheduled Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m.  

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) 4-H Club will meet on Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. at the Extension Office.  Attendees will be working on our Christmas cards for the nursing home.  

A tomato canning Workshop is scheduled on Monday, July 30, at 5 p.m. The cost is $5 to participate and space is limited. The deadline to register is Friday, July 27th.  Please contact the Extension Office for more information.


Did You know:

• California is the top producer of strawberries, providing 80% of the US crop of this crimson fruit.

• Strawberries are part of the rose family and contain over 200 seeds.

• Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as other antioxidants such as anthocyanins, catechins and ellagic acid.

• Once cup of strawberries contains just 49 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber.

• Eat strawberries raw or add them to salads, smoothies or yogurt.

And now for a few kitchen hacks for strawberries from our chef and publisher, Judy Doherty:

Rinse strawberries in warm water (105 degrees is our favorite) (heat shocking tip from Modernist Cuisine) and store in a bowl with a loose cover. If you are going to be eating them soon you can take the tops off with a sharp paring knife. Otherwise it is best to remove the tops right before you are going to eat them.

Store the strawberries in a clear glass bowl to attract people who open your refrigerator!

Freeze strawberries when they are past their prime. You can use them for freezer jelly, smoothies, and yogurt toppings.

Best ideas for using fresh strawberries include:

• eating them with a plain yogurt dip

• making a crustless fruit tart (arrange in a tart pan)

• making good morning smoothies

• freezing them to make popsicles

• cooking them in pies

• adding them to spinach salads

• and packing to go as a mid-morning snack

(Adapted from Communicating Food for Health)

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