Monthly Archives: June 2016

kale

What’s the deal with Kale?

 A breakdown of the trending vegetable and its nutritional benefits

Looking for nutritious vegetables to purchase at your local farmers’ market with your EBT SNAP card? Look no further– Kale is the answer. Kale is a leafy green that has been a trending vegetable for the past fifteen years. The previously unknown vegetable has now become a well-known superfood. Kale is much more than a member of the cabbage family, its nutritional benefits and low cost, make it the perfect vegetable for every family.

Learn more about kale with these super facts:

  • Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet because it is low in calories and high in nutrients.
  • Kale is packed with antioxidants and is an excellent source of calcium and iron.
  • One cup of raw kale contains:
    • 33 calories
    • 134% of your daily vitamin C needs
    • 684% of your daily vitamin K needs
    • 204% of vitamin A
    • 10% of your daily fiber needs
  • Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, arugula, and collard greens.
  • It is one of the simplest crops for local farmers to grow and thrives in small plots of land and personal gardens.
  • Kale has its own holiday. National Kale Day is celebrated each year in October.
  • There are over 50 varieties of Kale some include Lacinato, Redbor, True Siberian, Red Russian, White Russian, Dwarf Blue Vates, Chinese Kale, Sea Kale, and Walking Stick Kale.
  • Kale can be prepared in a variety of ways: sautéed, cooked, baked, blended, and tossed and has the same nutritional benefits cooked and raw.
  • Kale is a great source of carotenoids, which are linked to optimism levels.
  • Kale has been cultivated for over 6000 years.
  • Kale is harvested and available at NYS farmers’ markets* from June to December. Purchase Kale at your local farmers’ market with your EBT SNAP card.

Looking to cook with this popular vegetable? Try this “kale-ever” twist on pesto with this recipe.

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Scallions, Snap Peas, Rhubarb, Beets, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard & Peas

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

Recipe of the week:

Looking for a perfect veggie-packed summer salad with a kick of spice? Try it here.

 

Broome County Farmers Market Poster

New York State Farmers Market Profile: Broome County Regional Farmers Market

 

The Otsiningo Park Farmers Market in Binghamton, NY has been the “go-to” farmers market in the Southern Tier since 2007. Due to the growing popularity of the market in the region and its accessibility to farmers in the state, Binghamton was the ideal location to establish a regional farmers market. After years of planning, the Broome County Regional Farmers Market will open Saturday, June 25! Get the need-to-know facts about this new farmers market and how you can use your EBT SNAP benefits.

What is it? The Broome County Regional Farmers Market is a 6,700 square-foot indoor farmers market. The market will serve as a gathering place for the Broome County community and visitors to enjoy local products and connect with local farmers.

When does it open? The Broome County Farmers Market will open on Saturday, June 25. Because it is an indoor facility, the market will be open year-round on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Look out for the Tuesday night market and Sunday antiques and flea market which will be coming soon!

Where is it? The Broome County Regional Farmers Market is located on the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Broome County on 840 Upper Front Street in Binghamton, NY.

 Does the market accept EBT SNAP Benefits? Yes! EBT SNAP benefits can be used at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market. Simply swipe your EBT SNAP card with the market manager and receive $1 tokens which can redeemed at vendor stands. The tokens can be used to purchase items under EBT requirements (non-prepared, non-heated foods.)

What is happening on July 16th?  Even though they opened on June 25, the Grand Opening Celebration for the Broome County Regional Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, July 16. The event will have live music, food trucks, fun for the kids, access to the Cutler Garden, face painting, a balloon artist and recipe tastings. Mark your calendar!

What do the vendors sell? The Broome County Regional Farmers Market offers the best products in the Southern Tier. The products range from locally-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices to locally-raised meat, dairy and eggs to breads, baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, maple syrups and coffee to potted plants, cut flowers, jewelry, home supplies, and more!

Will Otsiningo Park Farmers Market remain open? The Otsiningo Park Farmers Market will transition into the Broome County Farmers Market in June and will close. Almost all of the farmers from the Otsiningo Park Farmers Market will be moving over to the Broome County Regional Farmers Market.

For more information on the Broome County Regional Farmers Market, visit their website at http://www.bcregionalmkt.com/.

 

 

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Peas, Spinach, Strawberries, Rhubarb, Beets, Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard & Snap Peas

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

 

 

Recipe of the week:

Stir up your vegetables with some extra flavor in this recipe for Asparagus and Peas with Warm Tarragon Vinaigrette.

beets

6 Shopper Savvy Tips for the Farmers’ Market

The farmers’ market is the best place to buy fresh produce. Not only is the produce newly picked and nutritious, but many NY farmers’ markets accept SNAP benefits. Now you are able to purchase fresh, healthy, affordable, locally grown foods for your family at your local farmers’ market with your EBT SNAP card. Make the most of your experience with these 6 savvy shopping tips.

  1. Don’t be shy.

It is rare that you are able to talk directly to the individual who grew your fruits and vegetables at the supermarket. At the farmers’ market, they are right there in front of you! Take advantage of this opportunity. Ask them any questions you might have ranging from how the produce was grown to what is expected to be sold next week. If you see an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable, ask. Learn what it is and how to prepare it. Local farmers have a great deal of knowledge about their produce and are usually more than willing to share.

  1. Shop early for selection.

If you need a specific item or are looking for the best quality produce, shop at your local farmers’ market in the morning. Farmers’ markets are usually less busy in the morning and you will have the opportunity to choose from the best of the best. If you don’t mind slightly bruised produce, many farmers offer deals on bruised or “ugly” fruits and vegetables.

  1. Bring your own bag.

Many markets do not provide bags or boxes to carry your produce. To avoid making multiple trips to the car or dropping your produce, bring a reusable bag. Not only does the bag carry your fruits and vegetables, but it also sends a sustainable message. Don’t forget a cooler on wheels if your market sells meat, milk, eggs and/or cheese.

  1. Examine each vendor.

Many farmers sell similar produce at the farmers’ market. Don’t purchase from the first vendor you see. Make an effort to walk around the market and compare prices of different fruits and vegetables. Check the quality of the produce and if there are any specials, then make your way back to the best stands and purchase. It helps to have a plan in mind before heading to the market so you can make the most of your SNAP benefits.

  1. Be prepared.

The vast variety of produce at the farmers’ market can make decisions difficult. In order to have the most efficient experience, take the time to plan ahead. Make an effort to plan meals around what is in season and purchase the ingredients accordingly. Like the supermarket, your trip will be more effective if you bring a list. The list provides great direction for your shopping experience but make sure to have some wiggle room. You never know what you will find at the farmers’ market and you want to be able to purchase fresh produce if it comes early or try something new.

  1. Try new things.

Although you may only go to the farmers’ market for some essentials, have some fun and try something new. Many farmers sell unusual produce that cannot be found at the supermarket. Ask the farmer the best way to prepare it, be spontaneous and try it. It may make your visits to the farmers’ market even more enjoyable.

Share these tips with your friends and family and encourage them to shop at NY Farmers’ Markets and buy local.

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Check out what is being picked this week*:

Beets, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Strawberries, Radishes, Rhubarb & Peas

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

Recipe of the week:

Turn your beets into a crunchy snack! Check out the recipe here.

Asparagus

Buy Local: The Benefits of Shopping at a Farmers’ Market

Farm to table is the latest and best trend to hit restaurants since the invention of the restaurant. Whether you’re dining at the newest seasonal gastro pub or you’re picking out produce from the supermarket, most people can appreciate the benefits of locally grown foods.

Why not skip the middleman and hand select your produce, meats or baked goods brought to you by your local farmer? If you’ve never shopped at a farmers’ market you’re depriving yourself from the opportunity to create your own farm to table menu at home.

The benefits of shopping at your local farmers’ market are:

  • The fruits and vegetables are at their peak of freshness and flavor and in season.
  • You’ll be directly supporting your community and more importantly your local farmer.
  • Most vendors accept SNAP.
  • There is no guessing where the food came from. Nothing was shipped across the country in a freezer.
  • You can get food preparation tips right from the farmer.
  • Outdoor markets will give you a good dose of fresh air.

We recommend trying this asparagus and chicken delight, click here for the recipe!