Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Twenty

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Twenty

Turnip (Brassica rapa)

It’s that time of year when we see, the cool-season crop, turnips adorning farmers markets.

When you spot turnips at the market, you’ve stumbled upon another versatile vegetable that offers wonderful nutrition benefits in both its root and greens.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Six

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Six

We’re starting to see apples at the farmers markets and will continue to see them throughout the next few months.

As you enjoy that first crispy bite into one, with the sweet juice gently trickling down your hand, you can imagine using this year’s apple crop for baking a sweet treat or a savory dinner, as a base for a delicious salsa, a rosy colored batch of beautiful applesauce, or to make a tasty and calorie friendly smooth apple butter.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Five

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Five

Last Saturday, while scouting around at a local farmers market, I found an abundance of basil plants that looked and smelled absolutely magnificent!

Fresh basil can be used in a variety of ways in our daily lives, whether we are plucking it straight off of the plant to add to our pizza or salad, drying it for later use, freezing it to quickly add to any sauce, or cooking and baking with it today.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Four

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Four

Wow! I had no idea that strawberries are part of the rose family!

Mmmmmm, the thought of biting into a beautiful red ripe strawberry that I just brought home from the farmers market makes my mouth start to water. When eaten at the perfect time, I think they taste better than candy and completely forget about all of the great nutritional benefits that are packed into them.

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Three

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Functional Foods at Farmers Markets - Week Three

Spinach, its proper name is spinacia oleracea and there are many varieties. No matter which variety you choose, it comes with a plethora of amazing functional food nutritional benefits.

This week at the farmers markets you can find an abundance of this chlorophyll filled vegetable, that’s how it gets its beautiful green color, and make it part of any meal or snack.

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