A friend of mine was so excited when her teenage daughter recently asked if she could have some white beets. She was stunned to hear this question from her very finicky daughter who doesn’t usually like vegetables but was thrilled she actually wanted something healthy for once.
After she recovered from the question the mom realized she hadn’t heard of beets that were white, so she asked her daughter if it was a new type of beet/vegetable, which instantly sent her daughter into hysterics. When she finally stopped laughing the daughter said “NO MOM, NOT WHITE BEETS, WHITE “BEATS”, the headphones!
I guess it was just wishful thinking for this mom AND her daughter, as the price tag for white “beats” is more than $200! Looks like the only beets/beats she will be getting are of the purple variety. Teenagers!
As warm weather approaches, so will an abundance of produce! The freshest, prettiest and tastiest fruits and vegetables available during the year will come from the many farm markets we are fortunate to have available to us.
Some of the luscious fruits offered are antioxidant rich, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, low in fat, carbs and calories but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals. Tart rhubarb, rich in calcium and vitamins C and K (there is debate as to whether it is a fruit or a vegetable – feel free to weigh in!). Plump juicy peaches packed with vitamin C, potassium and fiber and tomatoes containing lycopene, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants!
Tasty vegetables include sweet corn, rich in folate, iron as well as vitamins B and C. A variety of colorful peppers loaded with antioxidant vitamins A, C & K and hot peppers with capsaicin which has been shown to boost immunity and reduce the risk of stomach ulcers by killing bacteria. You will also find plenty of fresh leafy green vegetables that have a host of powerful antioxidants, calcium, iron, beta carotene and much more! You can even buy the plants so you can grow your own powerfully healthy food.
Many of these farm markets also offer a variety of honey, jams, jellies, fresh baked goods and herbs. So what are you waiting for? Lets’ get out there and support not only our health but our wonderful local farmers!
Chelsea Farm Market – Downtown –Park Street
Saturday – 8:00 am – Noon
Chelsea Bushel Basket Market – Chelsea Fairgrounds
Wednesday – 2:20 – 6:30 pm
Dexter Farm Market – Downtown Dexter – Alpine Street
Tuesday – 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Manchester Farm Market – Adrian Street in front of the Red Mill
Thursday – 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Stockbridge Open Air Market – Corner of Wood and Elizabeth Streets (across from Stockbridge Middle School)
Friday – 4:00 – 7:00 pm