JUNEAU - The first commercial harvests of Alaska Grown produce are now occurring.
Red, green and romaine lettuces are available. Kale and collard greens will be available next week. The rhubarb is ready and the Alaska Grown potatoes are of very high quality.
According to a 2007 scientific literature review by the University of California, Davis, fresh produce maintains the highest nutrient content immediately after harvesting.
"Nutrient loss during fresh storage may be higher than consumers realize. For example, spinach and green beans lose up to 75 percent of their vitamin C within seven days of harvest, even when refrigerated," according to the report.
Farmers' markets, like the one every Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center is a good place to find locally grown and crafted products in the Juneau area. The market is every Saturday from 10 .m. to 2 p.m.
For a complete list of Alaska Farmers Markets, go online to www.dnr.alaska.gov/ag.