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A Healthy Harvest

August 15, 2014, 6:19 PM by Brittany Larson

A Healthy Harvest

If you have a vegetable garden, you already know how convenient it is to walk outside and pick your favorite veggies.

But that's not the only advantage to harvesting at home.

There's an old saying that says "you reap what you sow" and in this case, Hannah and Luke Hobmeier are reaping plenty of benefits from the seeds they planted this spring.  

"What takes the longest is just tilling it and planting everything and that took us two hours. Which isn't so bad," Hannah Hobmeier said.

The Hobmeier's started growing a garden many years ago. Now they're experts.

"What we look forward to the most are the zucchinis because we love to grill them with olive oil and the tomatoes. I don't do big tomatoes because I like to get 500 tomatoes off of one plant instead of waiting all year for one big one," Hobmeier said.

Aside from providing tasty produce, their garden also helps them keep money in their pockets.

“So much cheaper that's why we started doing it. You can buy a plant for a $1 or get a tomato for $1. So we get gallons. So much that you would have to give away. I think we spent $20 for planting all of this," Hobmeier said.

Hannah and her husband Luke have more than 15 different varieties of fruits and vegetables in their garden, including these yellow pear tomatoes.

"It's really good in a quinoa salad with chopped veggies so good. The possibilities are endless," Hobmeier said.

"I really think gardening is increasing and I really think it's a way to help your children eat vegetables," Sanford Registered Dietitian, Ellen Grimlie said. 

Ellen Grimlie is a registered dietitian for Sanford Health; she says adults should have at least two and a half cups of vegetables every day.

"That is five to six servings and that would be the minimum. A serving size is only one half cup cooked. And filling your plate with vegetables you're going to be sure to get enough," Grimlie said.

It's a healthier lifestyle that Hobmeier admits grew over time...

"Ten years ago, I had major mood fluctuations and energy fluctuations and I would want to be asleep as often as possible. I do housekeeping and I do nursing aid and you need so much energy for those jobs and I forced myself to lay off sugar and to eat better and it has made a huge difference," Hobmeier said. 

Which is why she's already planning another healthy harvest next year.

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