Master Food Volunteers Promote Local Produce at Arlington Green Living Expo

A healthy remake of the classic Waldorf salad prepared on-site by Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Food Volunteers was a refreshing treat for participants at the Arlington Green Living Expo on Sunday, April 21.

More than 60 exhibitors took part in the Green Living Expo and Arlington Earth Week Community Fair, sponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) and George Mason University, and held at the university’s Arlington campus.

In a cooking demonstration promoting local produce, VCE Extension Agent Jennifer Abel and Master Food Volunteers Lise Metzger, Holly Rowe and Sue Gonzalez made and distributed samples of fresh apple salad. Visitors were also offered a copy of the recipe and a list of Arlington County farmers markets.

With only four ingredients – apples, raisins, walnuts and low-fat plain yogurt – this versatile salad is a great side dish, snack or even dessert. Making the salad an extra special treat at the expo were the wonderfully sweet Fuji apples, donated by Twin Springs Fruit Farm, located within two hours of the DC metro area near Gettysburg, PA.

Master Food Volunteers, Holly Rowe (left) and Lise Metzger (right), prepare fresh apple salad to distribute to participants at the Green Living Expo and Arlington Earth Week Community Fair.

Master Food Volunteers, Holly Rowe (left) and Lise Metzger (right), prepare fresh apple salad to distribute to participants at the Green Living Expo and Arlington Earth Week Community Fair.

By the end of the event, the Master Food Volunteers had chopped and mixed two crates of apples and given dozens of fair-goers a healthful, sweet start to this year’s Earth Week.

Written by: Sue Gonzalez, Master Food Volunteer

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