Find Fresh Local Produce with a CSA Share

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a community of individuals who monetarily support a local farm in exchange for fresh, seasonal produce and goods throughout the growing season. CSAs are wonderful ways to support local farmers and to ensure that you and your family eat locally grown vegetables. These sites can help you find a nearby CSA:

National Agricultural Library
The National Agricultural Library of the USDA offers a complete guide to CSAs on its websites. Here you’ll find information about how CSAs work, explanations of where food comes from, and educational literature about farming and agriculture. The site also offers a list of websites that can help you locate a CSA in any area across the country.

Local Harvest
The Local Harvest website offers informative tips and frequently asked questions to help visitors make informed decisions about becoming CSA members. It also features a map of CSA farms across the country, with a space to search by your own state or zip code.

Farm Locator
Not only does Farm Locator connect visitors with CSAs, it also connects farmers with other farmers, farmers to local businesses, and businesses to buyers to help improve the exchange of produce and goods from all sides. The detailed search option even allows you to browse the site by product, type of market, or area to find local farms.

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Get Into a Fitness Routine With These Motivational Tips

You’re certainly not the first person to admit that sticking to a fitness routine is hard, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. All it takes is time, patience, and a reliable fitness plan that works with your lifestyle. Here are some great tips that will help you to get in shape and feel better about your body.

1. Stop beating yourself up. Many people enter into a workout regime with a negative mindset because they feel bad about their bodies, but this isn’t a healthy way to begin. You need to think about the good things rather than focusing on the negatives.

2. Something is better than nothing. Don’t feel like your workout was a failure if you couldn’t complete it. We all have off days, and just getting onto the treadmill is a small victory in itself.

3. Make it a habit. Begin by telling yourself that you’ll work out every day for 30 days. While at first you may just be counting down until those 30 days are over, you’ll eventually become used to working out and it will become a part of your daily routine.

4. Make exercise possible. Sure, you could work out at 5 a.m. before work, but are you actually going to? Schedule your workouts at times that are accessible and easy to manage with the rest of your schedule.

How To Motivate Yourself Into an Exercise Routine [Lifehacker]
15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit [Lifehack]
7 Habits of Highly Effective Exercisers [Fitness]

Unique Muffin Recipes You Can Bake at Home

From blueberry to chocolate, muffins come in an endless assortment of flavors for just about any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious breakfast treat or a sweet dessert, these unique muffin recipes will show you a number of different ways to make your favorite baked goods.

Easy Morning Glory Muffins
Rise and shine with these hearty, flavorful breakfast muffins. Full of shredded carrots, apples, and raisins and accented by crushed walnuts and spicy cinnamon, these easy-to-make muffins make a delicious treat to have with coffee or to toss in your bag when you’re late for work.

Apple Pumpkin Muffins
Perfect for cold weather seasons (or any other time of the year, for that matter!), these sweet apple and pumpkin muffins are filled with two of the most popular flavors. The warm, rich taste of pumpkin combined with the tangy sweetness of apple creates a flavor that is just perfect in muffin form.

Ginger-Lemon Mini Muffins
With a uniquely spicy zest, these mini muffins are better for pairing with tea than your usual coffee. The spice of ginger and the tartness of lemon create a sophisticated flavor that make this muffin recipe perfect for serving at a fancy party or giving as a gift to you foodie friends.

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Bake Bread at Home With these Recipe Sites

There’s something so satisfying about bread, whether it’s a crispy piece of toast with jam, a light, fluffy roll dipped in your favorite soup, or a crunchy crostini with goat cheese spread. If you want to make gourmet-quality breads from the comfort of your own kitchen, these step-by-step recipe websites will help you do just that.

Cooking Light
The Cooking Light website aims to make eating bread a bit more healthier, but just as delicious. Its Healthy Baking Guide features a list of the 30 Best Quick Bread Recipes, perfect for the busy home cook or the amateur chef. These breads are leavened with baking powder or baking soda instead of yeast, which makes their cooking times shorter and more manageable. From flaky buttermilk biscuits to zucchini-pineapple quick bread, you’ll find an abundance of fast and easy bread recipes on this unique list.

Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens magazine has published a lot of bread recipes over the years, but this is a list of their very favorite loaves. From Semolina and Rosemary Boule to Two-Tone Banana Bread to Whole Grain Sunflower Bread, these not-so-average breads are all delicious in their own unique ways.

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Happy Presidents’ Day

Remembering the courage and vision of past and present leaders, we honor and share the spirit of Presidents' Day together as a nation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing everyone a day filled with fun and happy memories!

Tips for Busting Stress

If you often feel stressed out, these simple tips from around the web will help you relax and feel better.

Take your work calls standing up
It may seem strange, but studies have shown that sitting in one position at work all day can cause muscle tension and slow blood flow, exacerbating stress. Standing up periodically can counteract the tension.

Enforce a three second rule with email
The average person spends 23% of his or her day checking email. If your inbox feels overwhelming, allow yourself only thee seconds per email to decide if it’s important, then decide whether to respond or to banish it to the junk folder.

Get a massage
Though it seems like a luxury, even a short massage can significantly lower cortisol levels and increase oxytocin, a hormone that boosts feelings of contentment.

Go for a jog
Light exercise increases dopamine in the brain, a “happy” hormone that gives you a feeling of emotional wellness even on high stress days.

Easy Ways to Bust Stress [MSN]
7 Best Ways to Bust Stress [SheKnows]
Easy Ways to Bust Stress [Bubblews]
Top 10 Instant Stress Busters [Lifehacker]

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Valentine’s Day Weekly Specials at Pathmark Supermarket

Pathmark Supermarket, 481 River Road, Edgewater, NJ.

Enjoy the Valentine's Day Weekly Circular Specials:

Minute Maid Pure Premium O.J. $2.48 each
Tender and boneless Chicken Breast $1.98lb
Bigelow Teas (variety pks of 20ct) $2.48
Weight Watchers Smart Ones $1.48 each
Chefmark Ham or Great Lakes American Cheese $4.98 lb

There are so many other specials going on at your local Pathmark Supermarket. Go online to pathmark.apsupermarket.com to see more special offers.

There is also a great salad bar with all types of greens, vegetables, meats, freshly made soups, prepared lunches, and sandwiches. Treat yourself on Valentine's day. They also have a great flower shop and a coffee cafe.

What is the Consumer Price Index?

For someone who isn’t an economist, the Consumer Price Index may seem confusing — or it may not be something you’ve ever even considered! Whether you’re interested in economics or not, this handy program run by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is actually quite fascinating and can be helpful in making personal economic decisions.

The Consumer Price Index is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by American consumers for consumer goods and services. Essentially, it explains how much items cost in today’s economy, compares them to how much similar items cost in the past, and thereby gives a picture of how consumers' buying power has changed over time.

If you’re interested in learning how the price of breakfast cereal has changed in recent years or examining the cost of medical care in today’s economy, the Consumer Price Index is an incredibly useful, interesting tool.

6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

When winter comes, we think of fun snow days and the holidays, but the season can also mean an onset of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The shorter days, lack of sunlight, and cooler weather can keep us from enjoying what we normally do. Check out these six ways to beat the winter blues and enjoy the season!

1. Exercise.
This is important all year round, but is especially pertinent when the winter time hits. We tend to want to nest and become inactive, which can contribute to lethargy. A regular exercise routine will keep you energized and give your mind a boost.

2. Be social.
When it's dark early in the day, we tend to want to rush home. Keeping a weekly social outing on your calendar can help pull you out of the isolating tendencies you might feel.

3. See the light.
The lack of natural light we experience during the season has a big effect on our mood. Using artificial lights like sun lamps can help put energy back into your day.

4. Take your vitamins.
Taking a regular dose of vitamins D and B12 and fish oil can help your body stay energized naturally, so you won't have to reach for caffeine. 

5. Clean.
Decluttering your living space and keeping your place tidy can really make you feel better. Without all of the extra junk, you’ll instantly feel lighter, more together.

6. Get a massage.
It might seem like a luxury, but massage is truly stress relieving and healing. Get a massage once a month or more to alleviate stress and relax.

10 Cool Ways to Beat Winter Blues [Spark People]
8 Ways to Beat Winter Blue [Time]
9 Ways for Beating the Winter Doldrums [Washingtonian]
13 Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder [Wise Bread]
Beating Winter Blues [Fitness & Health]

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