BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Two major holidays are only days away, with both Father’s Day and Juneteenth sharing a Sunday, June 19 date. 

But Thursday marks a significantly smaller yet fairly easy to observe holiday: National Fresh Veggies Day. 

The special day was set aside to commemorate the nutritional value of fresh vegetables and their importance to health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that even though the consumption of fresh vegetables can aid in warding off heart disease, stroke, and some cancers, a mere 9% of adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables.

That said, anyone who doesn’t typically incorporate vegetables into their daily diet can use Thursday to start fresh. 

How to celebrate locally:

  • Visit an area farm

Visit a farm like ‘Louisiana Herbs’ or ‘Berry Sweet Orchards’ to pick fruits or vegetables and, if possible, to ask the farmers questions about their work.  

  • Host a lunch or dinner party using fresh vegetables 

Host a lunch or dinner party featuring fresh vegetables from a local farmer’s market such as ‘Southside Produce’ or ‘Fresh Pickin’s.’ 

  • Treat yourself to a veggie-friendly cooking class

Plan to participate in an upcoming cooking class with Baton Rouge’s Red Stick Spice Co. and learn new cooking techniques as you’re guided through meal preps that feature a rich variety of fresh vegetables and other delicious menu items.

There are countless ways to celebrate fresh vegetables this Thursday, even if it’s simply snacking on your favorite veggies while watching a movie. 

However you choose to celebrate, Happy National Fresh Veggies Day!