Kate is a healthy produce eater

FOR Kate Yetman, growing her own vegetables and eating them fresh from the garden is a family heritage.

"My mother grew vegetables and her mother did, and my dad was a whiz at growing them," she said.

Kate, her husband and two daughters live on an acre of land in Calliope.

"I believe raw, whole, foods are much healthier than the processed stuff, and I am going to grow a wider range of vegetables."

She said her garden was being prepared for sowing with seeds bought from seed- savers to ensure they had an organic pedigree rather than buying commercial packet seeds.

"I was raised on vegetables and we weren't allowed to be fussy."

Her daughters are raised the same way.

"But I want to teach them to garden and it will be up to them whether they continue with it later in their lives.

"If they are brought up with it is more like they will take it up later on."

Kate grows vegetables organically with a mixture of alternative systems including bio-dynamics and permaculture.

When their own vegetables are not available, she resorts to buying organic vegetables at markets.

"I believe the best way to prepare vegetables is to steam them lightly.

"Also we do a lot of juicing and my favourite is a drink made from celery, carrots and cucumber."

Research showed that fresh fruit and vegetables eaten fresh or juiced protect against cancer and heart disease, as well as protecting eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.

Kate belongs to a local organic growers group and a seed-savers group, both of which meet regularly

 

What's the best?

Fruit

Berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants called anthocyanins, which may help protect against heart disease, some cancers, urinary tract infections and other health problems. Oranges are packed with disease-protective vitamin C.

Mango: along with guava and papaya, is a vitamin C powerhouse. Mangoes also contain impressive levels of disease-fighting carotenoids, vitamin A, folate, potassium and fibre.4.

Vegetables

Spinach: along with kale and collard greens, is a vegetable superstar. It is rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that may protect against heart disease, stroke, some cancers.

Broccoli: Kids might turn their noses up at them, but they contain loads of phytochemicals and brims with vitamin C, folate, calcium, potassium and fibre.

Sweet potatoes: These bright orange vegetables are a sensational source of beta-carotene, potassium, folate, vitamin C and fibre.

 

WHERE TO GO:

Shopping at markets can be fun and beneficial to your health try these:

  • Miriam Vale Lions Markets in the Park at Lions Park Bloomfield Street, Miriam Vale (monthly)
  • Library Square Markets in Goondoon St, Gladstone between the library and the Entertainment Centre (fortnightly)
  • Discovery Coast Markets in the State Emergency Services grounds at Seventeen Seventy (monthly)
  • The Rotary Markets at Kmart in Kin Kora. (monthly)
  • The Calliope River Historical Village markets (monthly)
  • And Cedar Galleries between the Calliope and Benaraby Crossroads (weekly).