WALLINGFORD – More fruits and vegetables are in season during the summer offering more opportunities for healthy and locally sourced meals.
Here are five things to know about healthier food options from Dennis Kovacs of Connecticut Fresh Food and Produce Market, and his daughter-in-law and human resources staffer Heidi Kovacs.Health benefits
According to the Kovacs, fresh food tastes better, a motto of the market. The market sources much of its produce and meats directly from surrounding farms and businesses.
The beef is grass fed and low fat while the fruits and vegetables are picked daily straight from the farm to the market. Fresh fruit bowls and salads offer nutrient-rich seasonal snacks and meals.
The market food, especially in the summer, is portion controlled so that customers get exactly what they need and not too much.The produce
Strawberries are in season and come from Cecarelli Farms in Northford. Farm-fresh lettuce can be used in garden salads as well as arugula and summer squash.
This month sweet corn, basil, cilantro, eggplant, tomatoes and other produce will be in season, according to Cecarelli’s list of ripening crops. The meat
The market chicken and beef are not pre-packaged or pre-cut. The variety is brought in daily from local providers.
Kovacs said “nothing sits around” and often the meats are used in prepared meals and sandwiches.
All the meats are sliced fresh for each customer. The rotisserie chicken is all natural with no hormones or antibiotics.
The market uses Longhini sausage and pork products out of New Haven as well as Hummel Hot Dogs also out of New Haven.Grab-and-go options
Kovacs believes “time is of the essence” and people are looking for more healthy grab-and-go meal options. Salads and soups are a few options that provide simple and locally grown ingredients.
At the market, customers can choose from a variety of daily soups, salads, sandwiches and full meals prepared in-house.Market changes
According to Kovacs, people responded so positively to his first natural food business in North Haven and then Hamden that he needed to expand to Wallingford to accommodate more requests. He said people have more healthy food options available while helping support local farms and bakers.
More information can be found at https://www.ctfreshfoodandproduce.com/