NUTRITION AND YOU…MELONS

Leeanna McKamey, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant

OSU Extension/Highland County

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Did you know that melons are in the same gourd family as squashes and cucumbers? The difference is in the way they are used. Melons are considered a fruit because of their sweet flavor, while squashes are considered a savory vegetable. Countless varieties of melons exist, with cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon being the most common. Melons make the perfect snack or dessert because of their sweet and juicy flavor.

SHOP SMART

Melons are available year-round in most grocery stores, but are in season in Ohio from July until September. When shopping for melons, choose regularly shaped fruit-round, oval or oblong-that is free of cracks, soft spots, or dark bruises. Although it is not always possible to tell if a melon is ripe, two clues are a slight softness to the rind, and a full, fruity fragrance. Melons may become softer if left to ripen, but will not become sweeter once picked.

EAT HEALTHY

Melons are:

A good source of Vitamin A (cantaloupe)

  • A good source of Vitamin C
  • A good source of Potassium
  • Cholesterol free
  • Low in sodium, fat and calories

KEEP IT SAFE

These food safety tips will help protect you and your family:

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing food.
  • Store uncut melons at room temperature for up to 3 days if they need to ripen.
  • Scrub and rinse melons thoroughly under cool, running water before peeling or cutting.
  • Cut up only as much as you plan to eat.
  • Cover the cut end of any leftover melon and store in the refrigerator.
  • Cut off and discard ¼ inch of the cut end of the melon before using.

Icy Fruit Pops

Serves 4

2 cups strawberries or 3 cups chopped kiwi fruit or 3 cups chopped cantaloupe

1 cup 100% Orange Juice

4 7 oz. paper cups

4 craft sticks or plastic spoons

Directions

  1. Place fruit and orange juice in a blender container. Put lid on tightly. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into four paper cups. Place cups in freezer until partially frozen, about 1 hour.
  3. Place craft sticks or plastic spoons in center of cups. Place in the freezer for 3 hours or until firm. To serve, peel away paper cup or run paper cup under warm water to loosen the fruit pop.

Farm Science Review

Farm Science Review will be a virtual show in 2020

For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual show will be implemented for 2020.

The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the show site in London, Ohio.

“We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES.

“Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “While it may look different in 2020, we will continue to meet the needs of our growers and partners through access to exhibitors, virtual demonstrations, and education
about the most recent advancements in agricultural production.”

The three-day event normally allows agricultural producers to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, view field demonstrations, and learn the latest in agricultural production. Popular educational programs feature specialists from The Ohio State University, Central State University, and other land-grant institutions.

“Due to the rapidly changing conditions in the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S., the decision was made to hold a virtual show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We have worked diligently to plan for another incredible show demonstrating the newest developments in equipment, research, and application to support agricultural production.”

Current conditions are not conducive to hosting an in-person event. “With our multigenerational audience, we determined a need to prioritize everyone’s health and ensure that we are doing our
part to contain the spread of the virus during this global pandemic,” he said.

While extremely disappointing for everyone involved, Zachrich said that Farm Science Review management and its executive committee believe this is the right decision to keep visitors,
exhibitors, partners, and staff safe.

In addition, the State of Ohio Responsible Restart guidelines currently limit mass gatherings. There is little reason to anticipate changes in the next two months that would provide for the
ability to meet Farm Science Review’s daily in-person attendance of between 35,000 to 50,000 visitors.

“We understood early on that regardless of the number of cases, the show would have to take a drastically different approach in order to meet the health and safety requirements for COVID-
19, such as physical distancing and sanitization,” Zachrich said. “While we would have liked to wait until closer to the event to make a decision, we felt compelled to let suppliers, exhibitors, and partners know so they can begin to plan for a virtual show.”

More information will be shared in the forthcoming weeks about the 2020 virtual Farm Science Review program and how to engage. Visit fsr.osu.edu for ongoing updates.

All media inquiries should be directed to Sherrie Whaley, CFAES media relations coordinator,

whaley.3@osu.edu, 614-292-2137.
Writer:
Sherrie R. Whaley whaley.3@osu.edu
614-292-2137 / 614-582-6111

Source:
Nick Zachrich
zachrich.13@osu.edu

Free virtual Quality Assurance training for Highland County 4-H and FFA members

Free on-line Quality Assurance will be offered to Highland County 4-H and FFA members via Zoom. You must register no later than 48 hours prior in-order to attend the training. Each training is limited to 40 families. You can register the entire family at one time.

The following are dates  and times QA is currently being offered:

June 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
June 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
June 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
June 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Approximately 24 hours before the webinar, you will receive a Zoom link to connect to the webinar from Kathy Bruynis. The link will be sent from bruynis.5@osu.edu. Training will be limited to a maximum of 40 families per session. Families only need to register once if all family members will be participating at the same time. Make sure to list all family members first and last name participating in the registration form.

 

Please register at the link below no later than 48 hours before the session you would like to attend.

 

https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1FgQkREt9lALvLv

 

For more information contact Kathy Bruynis at bruynis.5@osu.edu or 937-393-1918