Food & Nutrition for the Home Gardener
These resources are included in the Master Gardener Volunteer manual for your own personal reference. Please note that Master Gardener Volunteers are not expected to relay nutrition or food safety information to the communities they serve. If there is a need for food and nutrition education in your area, please contact your local UMaine Extension county office.
Selected Readings and Content
Bulletins & Factsheets
Each commodity page includes information on nutrition, varieties, storage, preparation as well as recipes.
- Vegetables and Fruits for Health Series
- Beets and Beet Greens
- Bell Peppers
- Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Brussels Sprouts and Cabbage
- Green Beans and Wax Beans
- Plums and Pears
- Raspberries and Blackberries
- Sweet Corn
- Vegetable Snacks
- Wild Blueberries
- Winter Squash and Pumpkins
- Zucchini and Summer Squash
- More UMaine Extension Food and Health Resources
- Food Preservation
- Food Preservation Demonstration: Freezing Rhubarb
- How to Dry Fruit
- How to Dry Herbs
- How to Dry Vegetables
- How to Freeze Green Beans
- How to Freeze Strawberries
- How to Freeze Tomatoes
- How to Harvest and Store Apples in Maine
- How to Harvest and Store Onions in Maine
- How to Harvest and Store Pumpkins
- How to Make Strawberry Jam
- How to Use and Preserve Maine Cranberries
- Preserving Fresh Greens
- Preserving Raspberries: Freezing, Jams & More
- Food Safety
- Holiday Food Safety Tips
- How do I keep food safe at tailgating events?
- How do I keep food safe when I’m camping or hiking?
- How do I test the quality of my homemade maple syrup?
- How to Keep Food Safe After a Power Outage
- How To: Washing Fruits and Vegetables
- Identifying and Harvesting Fiddleheads
- Smart Shopping at Farmers Markets
- Well-Water Testing for Food Producers
- Best Ways to Wash Fruits & Vegetables at Home
- http://www.choosemyplate.gov/: MyPlate is the icon that reminds consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. MyPlate emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein foods, and dairy groups to improve health. The website, ChooseMyPlate.gov provides valuable information and resources to help consumers from age 2 to 100 make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Recipe Rainbow: Searchable database for low-cost recipes made from ingredients you have on hand (ex: beets and carrots)
- Food Sense: Resources on how to cook healthy meals on a budget, buy and prepare whole foods, read food labels, practice safety in the kitchen, and much more.
- Cooking Methods to Preserve Nutrients in Fruits and Vegetables
- 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The Dietary Guidelines is designed for professionals to help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet.