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Market Watch: Pea Shoots

by in Farmers' Market Finds, July 11, 2011
pea shoots
Tender, sweet, delicate pea shoots at the farmers' market.

A true farmers’ market find: Sweet and tender pea shoots are too delicate and perishable for the supermarket.

Pea shoots are the green, coiled tendrils of the pea plant with delicate rounded leaves. They’re bursting with nutrients like vitamin C, fiber and even some protein. Shoots have a subtle pea flavor and add a fresh bite to salads, seafood recipes, and summer rolls (see recipe below). You can also wilt them into soups or pasta dishes by tossing in right before serving.

Shopping Tip: Choose crisp and bright green shoots. Store in the refrigerator gently wrapped in a paper towel and a plastic bag, use within 2 days.

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Market Watch: Dandelion Greens

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, June 2, 2011
Dandelion Greens
Dandelion Greens

I’m so excited that farmers’ market season is finally here!  As a die-hard local produce lover, I investigate my local market and CSA box all month long, then share the most interesting seasonal finds with you.  First up: verdant and pleasingly bitter dandelion greens. Here’s what they’re like and how to use them today.

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Ask HE: Your CSA Questions, Answered

by in Ask the Experts, Farmers' Market Finds, March 21, 2011

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Local farms across the country are gearing up for another harvest season, and we can’t wait! You can get your own little piece of a local farm by signing up for a community-supported agriculture program. So, is it the right choice for you? We’re breaking down some frequently-asked CSA questions to help you decide.

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Market Watch: 10 Ways to Love Celery

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 27, 2010

celery

Fresh picked celery from the farmers’ market takes the flavor to a whole new level. The secret to true celery bliss is munching on both the stalks and leaves.

It’s a myth that you burn more calories chewing celery than you take in from eating it. But this low-cal veggie is packed with vitamins C and K, potassium and fiber. Think it’s boring? Here are 10 exciting ways to dig in.

Celery 10 ways »

Market Watch: Homegrown Tomatillos (and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa)

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 21, 2010
Dana's Homegrown Tomatillos

Bright, tangy and deliciously fresh — nothing tastes quite like a tomatillo. They’ve become a staple in my home garden and this year the harvest was bountiful!

Learn more about tomatillos, plus Dana’s roasted salsa recipe »

Market Watch: Asian Pears

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 16, 2010

asian pears

Also known as “apple pears” these crunchy, yet juicy fruits are a seasonal treat to savor! Gobble ‘em up while you can.

There are more than 5,000 kinds of pears, including 100 of the Asian variety. They’re round and crisp like apples (hence the name) but have an unmistakable pear flavor. Even when ripe, they’re crunchy, so they’ll hold up in a fruit salad. Other delicious pear ideas:

  • Roast or sauté with a sprinkle of cinnamon for an oatmeal topper
  • Make a batch of apple and pear muffins and store in the freezer for a grab-n-go breakfast.

TELL US: What’s fresh at your farmers’ market this week?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

Market Watch: Sweet Corn

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 10, 2010

fresh corn tomato salad

The Summer Fest corn celebration and all the great recipes from food and garden bloggers got my mouth watering for more of this warm-weather veggie. I’m still seeing piles and piles of it at my local market — here’s how to use it.

More ideas for market-fresh corn »

Market Watch: Mars and Jupiter Grapes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, September 2, 2010

grapes

Get an astronomy lesson and an after-school snack wrapped into one with these incredibly gorgeous grapes. Mars and Jupiter grapes are hitting the market now — find out why they’re out of this world.

Learn more, plus 2 grape snack recipes »

Market Watch: Seasonal Tomato Jam

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, August 18, 2010
Dana's Tomat Jam
Dana's Tomato Jam

When I have a surplus of tomatoes from my CSA, garden and trips to the farmers’ market, it’s time to make a batch of finger-licking tomato jam.It’s spicy, it’s sweet and  it’s pretty irresistible. Spread it on sandwiches, whisk into salad dressing, or serve with crackers and some sharp cheddar cheese.

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Taste Test: Heirloom Tomatoes

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, August 17, 2010
Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes At The Farmers' Market

Juicy tomatoes are at their peak, and that means farmers’ markets are exploding with heirloom varieties.  Heirloom tomatoes are special, because cultivators have saved the seeds and passed them down through the generations. They come in a range of sizes, colors and of course, flavors.  We tested several varieties for taste and texture. Plus, a quick recipe for heirloom tomato sauce.

Photo gallery: Heirloom tomato taste test »

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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