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The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Fresh eats!

Published in Weight Management Author: Alyssa Monson

Have you ever tasted a fresh picked strawberry? How about bitten into a juicy ripe tomato fresh from the garden? If you have, you may have noticed the difference between those and the produce you purchase at the grocery store.

I know, we live in Minnesota and unfortunately eight months of the year we live in a barren tundra. OK, yes that is an exaggeration. But half of the year, local fresh fruits and vegetables are not available. This forces us to pay a premium for underwhelming produce that has traveled many, many miles in a shipping container.

To save money and entice your taste buds, check out the in-season fruits and vegetable list at Minnesota Grown.

Fall produce

  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
Orange Vegetables
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash
Dark Green Vegetables
  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Collard greens
  • Dark green leafy
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Mesclun
  • Mustard greens
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress
Starchy and Other Vegetables
  • Bean sprouts
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Celery root
  • Celeriac
  • Chicory
  • Cucumbers
  • Daikon
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Shallots
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Wax beans
  • Zucchini