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Food Safety at the Farmers’ Market

by in Food Safety, May 13, 2012

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Farmers’ markets are the prime destination for fresh and local food, but they’re not immune to germs and bacteria. Farmers work hard to comply with state and federal food safety standards but patrons also have to keep their eyes peeled (and their produce washed). Use our tips to help avoid food safety pitfalls.

Produce
Whether it’s organically grown or not, produce needs to be washed well. It’s a good thing that farmers’ market produce isn’t waxed like much of what you’ll find in the grocery store, but these local goodies are often covered with dirt. Rinse delicate items like berries, herbs and lettuces well just before use; rinsing them before storing them can cause them to get moldy or mushy. Sturdy produce like carrots, apples and potatoes can handle a good scrub. Thick-skinned foods like melons should be washed before you slice into them.

Some vendors turn their produce into drinks like apple cider. Look for pasteurized beverages, especially if you’re pregnant, elderly or serving them to young children.

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Hot Topic: Clean Eating

by in Food News, July 20, 2011
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How clean is your diet?

Clean Eating is a term that’s been thrown around a lot lately, only it’s not necessarily understood. We’ll explain what it is and if it’s advisable to eat this way.

What Is It?
Although you’ll find Clean Eating “diets”- it’s more of a way of living than a temporary weight loss solution. The term Clean Eating is relatively new, but it dates back to the 1960s when the natural health food movement looked down on diets filled with processed foods.

Author Terry Walters helped fuel the Clean Eating movement into mainstream America. According to the author of Clean Food and Clean Start, it’s all about consuming natural, unprocessed foods. Her philosophy is:

  • Eat a varied diet
  • Eat a rainbow of colors
  • Enjoy food and mealtime
  • Eat locally grown and seasonal food
  • Eat all 5 tastes (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami)

This means eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables and lean proteins (a.k.a. real food) instead of fast food or highly processed, packaged foods, and giving new foods a try that you may not recognize at the farmers market— a lot like Dana’s Market Watch series.

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Market Watch: Pea Shoots

by in Farmers' Market Finds, July 11, 2011
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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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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Heirloom Tomatoes

by in In Season, August 1, 2010

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Few can resist taking a bite out of a fresh-picked local tomato, and now that tomato season is in full bloom, heirloom varieties are at their ripest. Unlike their conventional, dull-flavored cousins, these summer beauties melt sweet, summer-fresh juices into your mouth.

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Reading List: Candy Tax in Washington, Misleading Food Allergies Info and Rachel Ray’s Food Fight

by in Food News, May 14, 2010

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In this week’s nutrition news: Check Twitter and Facebook before your next visit to the farmers’ market, food allergy testing to be standardized and meet the White House pastry chef.

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Market Watch: Beets

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, July 1, 2009

roasted beet risotto
Beets may not seem like an exciting veggie but, when these babies turn up at the farmer’s market, all I can think about is making my Roasted Beet Risotto (recipe below). In the dish, beets and their greens (both edible!) join with creamy risotto for a comforting vegetarian meal.

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Market Watch: Bok Choy

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, June 18, 2009

bokchoy
In addition to my regular trips to the farmers’ market, I receive a CSA share. Each week I anxiously wait to see what goodies my farmer, Lexi Gazy, and her family have grown. Today’s find: bok choy!

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Go Green with Your Cuisine

by in Uncategorized, June 14, 2009

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Green living has gotten tons of attention in recent years — and I think that’s great. I’m always praising the benefits of local, fresh foods to my friends and clients. Here some tips I follow to make my own smarter food choices.

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Market Watch: Red Russian Kale

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, June 10, 2009

red russian kale
Sweet, tender and mild, Red Russian Kale isn’t carried in most supermarkets, but I was thrilled to find it at my farmer’s market recently.

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Market Watch: Green Gooseberry Jam

by in Farmers' Market Finds, Healthy Recipes, June 1, 2009

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Between my CSA share and local farmers’ market, I’m surrounded by the best of local foods from now until December. Sometimes I come across some unusual finds. The latest gem: green gooseberry jam.

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