So come on and support the WBR or Iberville 4-H programs while treating yourself to some of Louisiana's finest produce.

Yes, you can purchase sweet potatoes and pecans year round, but November and December are the best months to select cured Louisiana sweet potatoes and fresh shelled pecans.

Wouldn't you know it, the West Baton Rouge and Iberville 4-H programs are now taking orders for their sweet potato/pecan sale. The potatoes will be available in three different size containers, 10lb, 20lb, and 40lb.

The 4-H-ers will also be selling 3 pound boxes of shelled pecans and several flavored pecan options.  You can call the 4-H office in Port Allen at 336-2416 or Plaquemine office at 687-5155 to place your order.

The sweet potatoes/pecans will be ready for pick up at the 4-H offices in early November just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Why eat sweet potatoes you ask. Just look at all the reasons. They are rich in antioxidants and may protect against certain cancers, beneficial for gastrointestinal health because of its high fiber content, good for stomach ulcers and inflamed conditions of the colon, may help lower blood pressure, great for people with diabetes as it helps stabilize blood sugar levels, and they are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, and B6. They are also high in manganese, copper, potassium, and Iron.

Sweet potatoes are filling, yet fat-free, cholesterol-free, and very low in calories. Don't overlook pecans. They have terrific health benefits also. They are highest in antioxidants of all tree nuts, beating out almonds and walnuts in studies conducted by the United State Department of Agriculture. Pecans are also a rich source of oleic acid, one of the beneficial components of olive oil. The American Heart Association has certified pecans as a "Heart Healthy" food.

So come on and support the WBR or Iberville 4-H programs while treating yourself to some of Louisiana's finest produce. The sales will benefit the 4-H foundations, and funds will be used for incentives and awards, and to help offset transportation cost to educational events.