Knowledge Center Blog

Welcome to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center Blog!  This blog is a combination of posts from industry experts, Knowledge Center staff and guest contributors covering all aspects of agriculture and life in the country.  We want you to participate in this blog, sharing your thoughts and comments about the topics posted here.

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What's In Season When?

Although summer is coming to an end, there are still plenty of fruits and vegetables that are in season in the area.  Not sure what is in season locally?  Here is a great resource where you can look up your location, the time of year, or a specific type of produce to learn more about what is in season when.  Information available includes a brief description of the product, a picture, and the seasonality. 
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Farmers Markets - More Than Just Fresh, Local Produce

In many areas kids have already gone back to school, and Labor Day is just around the corner, signaling the unofficial end of summer.  Even though it may feel like summer is ending, the wonderful fresh produce and other food products available at farmers markets across the country are still going strong.  A quick stop by a local farmers market will show an abundance of green beans, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, many different types of squash, peaches, apples, grapes, watermelons and much more!
 
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National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

June bring the official beginning of summer, and its also National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month...perfect timing!  We are fortunate to have access to so many fresh fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores year round, but for me, nothing beats being able to grow your own (in a garden if you have the space, or even in some pots on  an apartment patio!), or buying from a local farmers market.
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Mmmm...applebutter, apple pie, apple cider! Its National Apple Month

Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala, Granny Smith…October is Apple Month!  It began as National Apple Week in 1904, and was expanded to National Apple Month in 1996.  Apple harvest is in full swing throughout most of the U.S. now, and orchards make a great pick-your-own weekend trip, as well as a farmer’s market staple!
 
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National Blueberry Month - Celebrating 100 years!

Summertime is synonymous with many different things…growing up, a part of summer was going with our grandparents to pick blueberries.  July is National Blueberry Month – and 2016 marks 100 years of cultivated blueberries in the United States (this is doubly exciting as Farm Credit is also celebrating 100 years in 2016)!  To celebrate this month and this milestone, here are some facts about blueberries:
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