Beth Siegalkoff

Whether you love your veggies or can’t stand them, you should celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day today. Why you ask? Because your mama and the doctor say so, and you best be doing what your mama says because she’s your mama and the doctor knows what is best for your health. Besides, vegetables are delicious if prepared the right way.

Vegetables are healthy and full of vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber and minerals. Eating vegetables every day can help reduce the risk of a variety of health problems, including type 2 diabetes, obesity and some types of cancers. Doctors around the world recommend that people eat a least five portions or servings of vegetables during the day.

This is an easy day to celebrate, now more than ever. I am sure those gardens you or your neighbors have planted during our stay-at-home self-isolation recommendation are producing. Some of my family members have already enjoyed homemade pesto sauce, squash, peppers, peas and even a tomato or two.

If you don’t have a garden, according to last week’s Galt Herald, Galt has a Farmers Market every Friday from 5-9 p.m. until Sept. 25 on the Fourth Street Promenade in Old Town Galt for a wonderful opportunity to support local farmers and take advantage of purchasing fresh veggies, flowers and other treasures you may find there. Not only will you be able to say hello to friends you haven’t seen since March, you will get to walk outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Thank you to those of you who gave me ideas for Father’s Day – breakfast in bed, barbecue, picnic in the park or at home on the lawn, or take him out to eat at his favorite restaurant (make those reservations now).

Gifts for the day – A surprise in the future, Do Nothing Day, not just on Father’s Day Sunday, but another day – his choice, when he does only what he wants to do – no chores, eat when he chooses, take a nap, complete control of the TV remote, etc.; tools, a man can never have enough tools; “As Seen on TV” gadgets; add to his hobbies or collections; new barbecue with assorted charcoals, sauces and rubs; binoculars; yard art; recliner; fishing gear; favorite dessert served every month; coupons for pulling weeds; cleaning the barn or garage; and, last but not least, gift cards for his favorite store, car washes, sports venue, etc.

However you choose to celebrate, it is sure to be memorable in these uncertain days, so make some good memories.

Herald Day has been rescheduled from the normal first Saturday in August to Saturday, Oct. 3. It is subject to rescheduling if October doesn’t work out but, hopefully, it will be held on Oct. 3. I was so glad to hear it was still going to be held, just a little later, and a bonus, with probably a little cooler weather. The Herald Community Club that hosts Herald Day uses the proceeds of day to host the Fall Festival, Christmas in the Park, scholarships for Arcohe School, Easter Egg Hunt, Craft Fair, etc. for the community.

Flower of the day: Lavender; and recipe of the day: you guessed it – Vegetable Dip

Dates to remember:

Saturday, June 20 – Summer Solstice, longest day of the year

Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day

Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.