Tag: farmers market

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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Katie’s Healthy Bites: Heirloom Tomatoes

by in In Season, August 1, 2010

heirloom tomatoes

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

chocolate bar

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

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

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

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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Shopping the Farmers’ Market

by in Healthy Tips, April 21, 2009

Where I live, the farmers’ market season runs from May to December and I savor every moment. Nothing beats picking your own fresh produce or chatting up local farmers to get gardening or cooking advice. Here are my tricks of the farmers’ market trade.

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