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What’s with All the Zucchini?

zucchiniYou see it almost everywhere — chances are there’s more than one stand at your local farmers’ market that has piles of zucchini, that light to dark green summer squash that can grow 2 to 3 feet long and 8 to 10 inches in diameter! But bigger isn’t always better when it comes to zucchini!

For a tender, juicy fruit (yes, zucchini is a fruit!) select one that is about six to eight inches long —large zucchini has less flavor and more water, and the seeds are large. Look for an even color, and the darker green the better; the deeper the color, the deeper the flavor. The skin should be glossy and you want the zucchini to have a slight stem on the end. Don’t store zucchini in a plastic bag because it can make the fruit slimy. Instead, opt for a brown paper bag and store it in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator.

So, why is there so much zucchini? It’s easy to grow. It can grow in almost any soil and it flowers more than most other plants. Each of those blossoms that are pollinated grows into another new zucchini. It also has a long growing season; if you pick one zucchini off the vine, the vine just grows another squash. Over the course of one growing season, one plant can produce six to 10 pounds of zucchini!

There are almost as many recipes for how to cook zucchini as there are zucchini; an internet search shows sites that offer “36 things to do with zucchini,” “49 Sensational Zucchini Recipes,” even “80+ Best Zucchini Recipes.” You can fry it, bake it, stuff it, grill it, spiral it to use as a low-carb pasta substitute, make it into fritters, use it for manicotti, even make loaded zucchini skins.

If your kids aren’t zucchini fans (or fans of vegetables, in general), zucchini bread is a great way to make a tasty snack a little healthier. This receipt is from www.butterwithasideofbread.com

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (you can substitute applesauce for ½ the oil)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (you can add a little more, I always do!)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Grease two 8 x 4 inch bread pansor 6 mini loaf plans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Assemble your ingredients. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, soda, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. {I always sneak in a few spoonfuls of flax!}
  4. Add dry ingredients to the egg mixture and stir until combined.
  5. Grate zucchini.  Stir into the mixture along with the nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. My mini-loaf pans take about 35-40 minutes. Large sized loaves take about 55 minutes.
  7. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool. Enjoy!

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vegetables

Storing Fresh Produce

vegetablesYou’ve just come home from the farmers’ market and now you need to know how best to store them.

Most leafy veggies like kale, spinach, escarole, and chard as well as broccoli should be used within three to five days. You’ve got five to seven days to use arugula, bell peppers, green beans, zucchini and summer squash (all of which you can find at the market right now!) You’ve got more time to use up cabbage, carrots, turnips and beets, as they have a shelf life of two weeks or more.

A few tips for storing your fresh treasure:

  • Store fruits and vegetables separately; some foods can make other fruits and vegetables ripen or rot faster
  • Keep broccoli, cauliflower and cucumbers away from other produce
  • Wash your leafy produce and dry well; wrap in a dishtowel or paper towel, and put in a plastic bag (poke some holes in it first!) and then store in the vegetable drawer
  • Remove the greens from carrots, turnips, beets and parsnips and store them loose in the crisper drawer. But keep the greens. They are tasty too!
  • Store most other vegetables in plastic bags with holes in them

Blueberries, the Super Food!

They’re showing up at the farmers’ market now – blueberries! Loaded with antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C, blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. Just one-half cup of blueberries a day can lower your cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. They also are a natural anti-inflammatory. When buying, pick the darkest blue fruit – the darker the fruit, the more health benefits they have. Frozen blueberries are just as good as the fresh ones, so be sure to pick up extra at the market now and freeze them for later!

To get a healthy start to your day, here’s a Wake-Up Smoothie recipe from the eatingwell.com test kitchen:

Ingredients

1¼ cups orange juice, preferably calcium-fortified

1 banana

1¼ cups frozen berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and/or strawberries

½ cup low-fat plain yogurt

Directions
Combine orange juice, banana, berries, and yogurt in a blender; cover and blend until creamy. Serve immediately.

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Peppers

Cut Down on Salt and Sugar – Shop Farmers’ Markets!

PeppersWe get most of our salt from processed and restaurant foods, so the best way to reduce the salt in our diets is to eat fresh – and it’s easier than ever to find fresh produce at your neighborhood farmers’ markets! With everything from beans to zucchini being harvested right now, and many markets offering fresh meat, poultry and fish, you can avoid sodium-heavy canned and packaged foods for an entire week – just don’t add any salt while you’re cooking. Try adding some fresh herbs such as basil and rosemary for seasoning. When you add fresh fruit for dessert, you avoid all that processed white sugar that can add unnecessary calories to your diet – and add unwanted pounds to you.

Here’s a recipe for a French vegetable stew that uses lots of things you can find at the market:

Summer Vegetable Ratatouille*

Ingredients

  • 2 onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium eggplant, cubed
  • 2 zucchini, cubed
  • 2 medium yellow squash, cubed
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and cubed
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 4 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and saute the zucchini in batches until slightly browned on all sides. Remove the zucchini and place in the pot with the onions and garlic.
  3. Saute all the remaining vegetables one batch at a time, adding 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet each time you add a new set of vegetables. Once each batch has been sauteed add them to the large pot as was done in step 2.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Add the bay leaf and thyme and cover the pot. Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and parsley to the large pot, cook another 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Remove the bay leaf and adjust seasoning.

*From www.allrecipes.com

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Southampton Farmer's Market

Southampton Farmer’s Market

Southampton Farmer's MarketThe Southampton Farmers’ Market is a program of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce.

When is the market open? Sundays May 28th through October 8th from 9am to 2pm

Where is the market located? east side Grounds of the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton NY 11968

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes, EBT cards are accepted.

What do the vendors sell? A selection of locally grown produce and fruits, baked goods, yogurt, pickles and wine.

For more information about the Southampton Farmers’ Market, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/SouthamptonFarmersMarket/

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=sweet-corn-and-tomato-salad

 

 

 

Troy Waterfront

Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market

Troy WaterfrontTroy Waterfront Farmers’ Market was established in 2000 with just a handful of vendors. Now in its 18th season, the market features over 80 local, producer-only vendors. The year-round marketplace attracts more than 10,000 customers a week.

What is it? Troy Waterfront Farmers’ is a year-round, independent, vibrant marketplace featuring locally grown food and locally made products for the mutual benefit of local producers, consumers, and the community.

When does it open? Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market is open year-round every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where is it located? Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market holds its Summer Season is May – October at Monument Square in downtown Troy. The Winter season is November – April in the Troy Atrium, 49 4th Street, Troy, NY.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market accepts EBT SNAP benefits, including MNP checks.

What do the vendors sell? Vendors at Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market sell all locally-grown or produced fruits and vegetables, garden plants and flowers, cheeses, honey, eggs and dairy products and much more!

What makes the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market special? This market is 100% farmers only. There is no reselling of products. So when you visit this market you can meet the farmers, ask questions and learn more about how your food is grown, how to choose the right products for your family and learn how to prepare the foods you purchase – all straight from the experts themselves, the farmers!

For more information on the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, please visit their website: https://www.troymarket.org/

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

 

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=sweet-corn-and-tomato-salad

 

 

 

 

 

Queens Botanical

Queens Botanical Garden Farmer’s Market

Queens BotanicalQueens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens and innovative educational programs. The Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market celebrates locally grown fruits and vegetables, brought to the neighborhood straight from the farm! It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmers markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Fridays, 8:30AM – 3:00PM, 06/16 – 11/17

 Where is the market located? Sidewalk outside Garden – Dahlia Ave at Main St. in Flushing, NY.

 Does the market accept EBT SNAP benefits?  Yes, and to encourage you to use your SNAP card, we offer Health Bucks. Health Bucks are $2 coupons that you receive for every $5 you spend from your SNAP card; you can use the health bucks to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market.

What do the vendors sell? Vendors offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meats, dairy; baked goods, specialty foods and plants and flowers; jams & jelly, salad dressings, sauces & salsa, olive oil, chutneys, frozen soups, chocolate, pickles as well as prepared ethnic foods.

For more information about the Queens Botanical Garden Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=Queens&market=Queens+Botanical+Garden+Farmers+Market and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=queens%20botanical%20garden%20farmers%20market

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

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Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market

RhinebeckEntering our 23rd season, the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market is one of the largest producer only markets in the Hudson Valley. The market has become Rhinebeck’s Sunday morning gathering place, a place where neighbors meet and mingle and visitors can sample the very best of the Hudson Valley.

When does it open?  May 14 – Nov. 19: every Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., rain or shine!  Winter market: December through April

Where is the market located:  Outdoor Market- 61 East Market St., Rhinebeck, NY. Indoor Market:  80 East Market St. Rhinebeck, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes! We launched EBT SNAP last season! In addition, SNAP shoppers can increase their buying power with Fresh Connect checks — $2.00 incentive checks for every $5.00 in SNAP benefits spent.

What do the vendors sell? A diverse and unique selection of farm fresh products including fruits and vegetables, beef, pork, lamb, venison, buffalo, fish, chicken, turkey, duck, pheasant, and rabbit; eggs from chicken, duck, turkey and pheasant; goat, cow and sheep’s milk cheeses; dairy; honey; juices; jams; flowers and plants; smoked products and much more.

What special events do you have at the market? Kid’s Day with T-shirt Painting on Aug. 27; Kid’s tour of the market and cooking demo with Chef Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant; Kid’s Pumpkin Painting on Oct. 29.

What makes the market special? The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market is unique in that it is not supported by a civic or governmental organization and enjoys no special eligibility status. The market relies solely upon vendor fees, business sponsors, donations, volunteers and merchandise sales for its operating funds.

For more information on the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market, please visit their website at: http://www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com/ and Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/RhinebeckFarmersMarket/

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

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Jamaica Saturday Market

Jamaica Saturday Farmer’s Market

Jamaica Saturday MarketThis year marks the 43rd season of the Jamaica Friday Farmers’ Market, the longest-running farmers’ market in New York City. It offers fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables from New York area farms. It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmer’s markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Saturdays, 8:30AM – 4:00PM, 06/17 – 11/18

Where is the market located? 160th St. off Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY

Does the market accept EBT SNAP benefits?  Yes, and to encourage you to use your SNAP card, we offer Health Bucks. Health Bucks are $2 coupons that you receive for every $5 you spend from your SNAP card; you can use the health bucks to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market.

What do the vendors sell? Vendors offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meats, dairy; baked goods, specialty foods and plants and flowers; jams & jelly, salad dressings, sauces & salsa, olive oil, chutneys, frozen soups, chocolate, pickles as well as prepared ethnic foods.

Special Events: The Annual Harvest Festival will be held on October 21, 2017 from 11am – 4pm.

For more information about the Jamaica Saturday Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=Queens&market=Jamaica+Farmers+Market+Saturday and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/downtoearthmarketsjamaica/

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Check out what is being picked this week*:
Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Beets, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Leeks, Cauliflower, Early Apples

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

http://snaptomarket.com/?recipe=sweet-corn-and-tomato-salad

 

 

 

 

 

Park Slope

Park Slope Sunday Farmers’ Market

Park SlopeSituated at the crossroads of several neighborhoods, Park Slope’s Down to Earth Farmers Market is a great mix of people as well as a variety of fresh produce. Friendly farmers and lots of nearby cultural offerings make this a unique shopping experience.  The market features New York State fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, free range beef and sausages, artisanal breads and baked goods, local wines, specialty foods, pickles, and much more! It is one of 15 farmers’ markets operated by the Down to Earth company. Down to Earth Markets has been creating and managing farmers markets in down state New York for over 25 years. We bring cooks and eaters together with regional farmers and local food makers to create food communities, improving access to fresh, local foods, strengthening the local food system and supporting small businesses in the New York area.

When is the market open? Market open Sundays, 10:00AM – 5:00PM, 05/07 – 12/24

 Where is the market located? 4th Street — closed street off 5th Ave at Washington Park & the Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY

 Does the market accept EBT SNAP benefits?  Yes, and to encourage you to use your SNAP card, we offer Health Bucks. Health Bucks are $2 coupons that you receive for every $5 you spend from your SNAP card; you can use the health bucks to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market.

What do the vendors sell? Vendors offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, meats, dairy; baked goods, specialty foods and plants and flowers; jams & jelly, salad dressings, sauces & salsa, olive oil, chutneys, frozen soups, chocolate, pickles as well as prepared ethnic foods.

For more information about the Park Slope Sunday Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://downtoearthmarkets.com/markets?region=brooklyn&market=park+slope+sunday+farmers+market

and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Park%20Slope%20Farmers%20Market

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Yellow Summer Squash in the Oven

This easy recipe from Peg at www.allrecipes.com is easy and quick to prepare!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pleasantville

Pleasantville Farmers’ Market

PleasantvilleLocated in the heart of Westchester County, Pleasantville Farmers’ Market is perfectly positioned to provide shoppers with organic, fresh food. Experience the largest, year-round farmers’ market in Westchester, voted “Best of Westchester” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017!  It’s a great way to support local agriculture and eat healthy year-round.

When is the market open? The market is open Saturdays from 8:30 am -1:00 pm.

Where is the market located? Memorial Plaza (next to train station), Pleasantville, NY. There are seven parking lots nearby. December through March, the delicious good time is inside the Pleasantville Middle School cafeteria, at 40 Romer Avenue.

Does the market accept EBT SNAP benefits?  Yes, and by offering Bonus Bucks, shoppers can earn an extra $2 in bonus bucks for every $5 spent with your SNAP benefits.[i]

What do the vendors sell? During the summer, 56 vendors offer organic produce as well as meats, cheeses and breads. During the winter, shoppers can enjoy abundant fresh, winter-grown produce along with our trademark variety of meats, cheeses, breads, prepared foods, you name it. Fresh winter grown produce including kales, mescluns, carrots, beets, radishes, herbs and more. Also available is a strong selection of well-stored regional foods from the summer growing season including apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, squash, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, onions, broccoli and more.

Special Events: Each week, the market offers creative programming for kids such as magician, LEGO play, chess instruction, science experiments, hands-on instruction on musical instruments, and more. Our weekly music series includes jazz, pop, Western, European, Irish and Bluegrass performances. There are cooking demonstrations from local restaurants and nutrition information available.

   Sept. 9 —  Phelps Corn Roast
Oct. 7 – Phelps Apple Pie Contest
Oct. 21  — Phelps Giant Pumpkin Carving Demo

For more information about the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market, please visit the website at:  http://pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org/ and their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PvilleFarmMarket?fref=ts

 

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Tomatoes, (round, grape, cherry), Beans, Cucumbers, Pickles, Hot peppers, Sweet Bell Peppers, Onions, Eggplant, Beets, Lettuces, Greens, Cabbages, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Cherries, Peaches

*Availability will vary by market, due to differences in growing zones.

Recipe of the week: Yellow Summer Squash in the Oven

This easy recipe from Peg at www.allrecipes.com is easy and quick to prepare!