This week’s Carroll Hospital Farmers Market Spotlight features Terry Serio.
Terry is a unique vendor at our market; she’s not a farmer and doesn’t sell anything.
Instead, Terry works for the University of Maryland Carroll County Extension. As a nutrition educator, she joins our farmers market every other week to provide the community with free nutrition resources like brochures, bookmarks, calendars and free recipe tastings. All of the recipe tastings she brings to our farmers markets are made on-site with fresh fruits and vegetables.
With 18 years of experience in the nutrition education field, Terry is the go-to person for questions on youth nutrition, dietary information for disabled adults, healthy food preparation tips or even just a quick simple recipe that you can recreate at home.
Terry is passionate about supporting local farmers and locally owned businesses. “Money that is spent with local farmers and growers all stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in your community to boost the local economy,” she says.
According to Terry, supporting local farmers also promotes healthier eating by taking advantage of seasonal produce. “Seasonal food is the most nutrient dense and delicious,” she says. “Local food has a shorter time between harvest and your table, and it is less likely that the nutrient value has decreased.” And, she adds that farmers markets provide customers with the rare and convenient ability to ask their sellers where and how their food was harvested.
Visit Terry this Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Carroll Hospital Farmers Market and chat about nutrition questions and tips, and, of course, try some free samples from her Farmers Market Cookbook. For more information on Terry and the University of Maryland Carroll County Extension, please visit the extension’s website and Facebook page.