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  • At the farmers market: Broccoli

    With June comes the start of summer and an abundance of fresh produce available. An in-season produce offering you may not necessarily associate with late spring and early summer is broccoli.
    Broccoli actually has two growing seasons in Kentucky. Kentucky growers began harvesting their first crop in May and will continue to harvest through early July. The second season ends with a harvest in the late fall.

  • June is Rebuild Your Life Month
  • Protective measures can help protect against mosquito bites

    Mosquitoes are appearing earlier than normal this year. University of Kentucky entomologists encourage Kentuckians to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites on themselves and their pets.
    “Mosquitoes breed in standing water. The recent rains we have had, coupled with the upcoming warm weather, may help them get off to a strong start,” said Grayson Brown, entomologist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

  • May is Natl Mental Health Awareness Month

    Millions of Americans are impacted by mental health condition. In fact, it is estimated that one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition at some point in their lives. Every American is impacted through their friends and family members. There is still a negative view of mental health problems in our country. This stigma can get in the way of seeking help or treatment. One of the most important things we can do is work to replace this stigma with hope.

  • Delicious Kentucky strawberries now in season
  • A word about spring allergies

    Spring is a time for renewal, but if you suffer from seasonal allergies this renewal can make this time of year miserable.

  • Be ready for ticks

    The lone star tick and the American dog tick (Figure 1) are common problem species found in Kentucky and much of the eastern U.S. They are a significant threat to everyone who works, plays, hunts, hikes, or camps in or around overgrown or undisturbed areas. Reactions to bites vary from person to person based on the body’s response to the salivary mix injected by ticks as they feed. The special misery of the lone star tick bite can linger for 7 to 10 days, and there is the potential for secondary infection if the wound is contaminated during scratching.

  • Time to get out and play
  • In season: Fresh asparagus

    Asparagus is one of the early-season crops you will find available in the fresh produce section of local grocery stores.
    Harvested during April and May in Kentucky, asparagus is a nutrient-dense vegetable that you can eat raw, lightly boil, steam, stir-fry or grill. It can be seasoned with herbs, butter or Parmesan cheese to enhance its flavor. As you will see in the Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipe below, it can also be an integral ingredient in many dishes.

  • Be aware of your stress levels

    April 18 is Stress Awareness Day.  Everybody experiences both good and bad stress. It comes from mental, emotional and physical activity. But the way we interpret and react to stress is unique and personal. What may be relaxing to one person may be stressful to another. Good stress can be healthy and useful. It helps us get to an appointment on time or meet a deadline.