Have you ever browsed the grocery aisles for new and interesting fruits and veggies, but ended up coming home with more questions than recipes? Cooking can sometimes be intimidating if you’re unfamiliar with the ingredients you’re using. Or maybe, you love watermelon, but can’t seem to figure out how to make that first cut into the hard rind without slipping. Purdue Extension has put together a useful web resource to solve your most pressing produce problems.
FoodLink is an easy-to-use, produce database that delivers useful information regarding preparation and storage of different items, as well as nutrition facts, selection tips, food pairings, and background information. The database can be accessed online or by scanning the QR codes at farmers markets with a smartphone. If you are looking for information about a specific fruit or vegetable, simply click on the respective tab at the top of the website, and select the item you’re looking for. If you’re having trouble finding it, you can use the drop-down menus on the top right side of the page to organize the selections alphabetically.
Farmers market retailers can easily download and print posters with the QR codes for their respective produce items to display on their farm stands. The QR codes can be a helpful advertising tool by preventing consumers from becoming intimidated by the prospect of diversifying their shopping bags. Overall, FoodLink is a useful tool that is helping bridge the gap between Indiana farms and forks.