Asparagus is a healthy vegetable available each April

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By Grace Angotti

In the next few months you will be seeing asparagus arriving on the local market. This wonderful vegetable packs in a ton of good vitamins and minerals in those stalks. Steam it, pickle it, sauté it, roast it — the possibilities are endless.

When buying asparagus, choose fresh stalks that are bright green with purple shaded tight tips; these are the most tender and tasty. Storing asparagus properly in your refrigerator can help keep it tender if you can’t cook it right away. Break off bottoms to where it snaps if they were cut and not snapped by the grower. To store, place upright with the cut ends in water or wrapped in wet paper towels and covered with plastic to keep the stalks moist. To cook, lay stalks in a flat pan with a shallow amount of water with tips out. After ends cook a bit, move the more tender tips in to cook.

Locally grown asparagus will be soon be available and until June, so be sure to take advantage of the season and taste the difference!

Important programs

on the horizon

• Take Ownership of Your Diabetes

If you have diabetes, family members with diabetes or are interested in knowing more about diabetes, we are conducting a special series from 6-8 p.m. on Monday nights from April 25 – June 13 at the Extension office. I am working with Becky Wilson, RN, at Three Rivers Health Department, the Carroll County Hospital, and other health providers to present this educational series. This is a weekly series and we hope participants will be able to attend as many of the sessions as possible.

The program will cover four main topics: understanding diabetes, nutrition for diabetes, the ABC’s of diabetes and getting routine care. You will learn ways to manage your diabetes, and make your own decisions helping you to take better care of yourself and take charge of your disease. Each session will be presented around a short interactive program, with time for questions and discussion and light refreshments relating to the program.

The cost for the entire series is $10. To register or for more information, call the Extension office at (502) 732-7030.

• Protect Against Becoming a Victim of a Crime

Have you ever thought you might become a victim of any crime? This might be anything from having your home broken into, a victim of a pickpocket or have your purse snatched when in a crowded location, identity theft or a victim of another crime.

“Refuse to Be a Victim” is a national program developed by the National Rifle Association and will be presented at the Extension office on Thursday, April 28, 6-9 p.m. by Tom Dapron and Greg England, certified instructors.

At this program you will learn to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a crime. You will learn how, where and when you could be a victim. And you will be surprised at the many ways that you might become a victim – ways that you cannot believe could happen. The instructors will help you learn why you would be a prime subject for a crime and how you can decrease these chances. They will show you materials that you can buy to keep with you when you are away from home and other items to use at home to protect your property, yourself and your family when at home, away from home or on vacation to lessen your chances of becoming a victim.

We ask that everyone attending to please call ahead to sign up so we have enough materials. Cost for the program is $10. Checks may be made payable to the Carroll County Extension Service.

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.