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What’s At The Market This Week

THURSDAYS from 10:00 to 2:00

Did you know kale is native to coastal and western Europe? It’s a very close relative of broccoli, collards, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and cabbage. All of these are known as cruciferous vegetables. They were named “Crucifers” because their four-petaled flowers resemble a cross.Kale is a rich source of vitamins A, C, K, B6 and E, as well as folates, manganese, iron, calcium, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, lutein and zeaxanthin (important for eye health). 100 calories worth of a cruciferous vegetable provides more than 25% of your daily fiber needs and studies have linked consumption of cruciferous vegetables to decreased cancer risks.My grandmother simmered kale until it was tender and served Southern-style—with vinegar and chopped onion on top. These days, I sauté garlic (two or three cloves) in olive oil, then toss in the kale. I add a ½ cup or so of broth or water, place the lid on and cook for a few minutes until tender. You can add a splash of vinegar or toss in slivered almonds or pine-nuts.
This week at the Market: Yes, fresh kale is available, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, onions, garlic, etc.
Real Country Sausage will be here with a variety of nitrite-free pork sausages; Phal’s Café will be here with Asian noodle bowls, spring rolls, kebobs and more; Unkol Chuck will be here with cast-iron kettle cooked Brunswick stew; Real Country Sausage will be here with MSG/Nitrite-free pork sausages; and Great Harvest Bread with fresh baked breads, etc.Cakes by Jen will be here with a delicious variety of cakes; My Empanada will be here with a variety 0f delicious empanadas (tried the Veggie last week, can’t wait to try another variety this week): Alfredo will be here with local honey; Soulsmith will be here with satisfying and healthy kombucha tea (in a variety of flavors); and Snyder Family Farm will be here with antibiotic/hormone-free pastured beef, pork and poultry.This week we welcome a new vendor—Jerry’s Backyard Barbecue Sauces!

Free-ranged eggs are available as are hand-crafts from local artisans.

We’re here every Thursday from 10 until 2 in the parking lot of The Great Big Greenhouse!

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