By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets
Right now Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets are brimming with fresh, locally grown, affordable fruit and veggies. At Harvest Home we think eating healthy has to be delicious. Join us and freshen up your meals with a bit of health and a lot of taste.
Our in-market cooking demonstrations provide samples of tasty recipes prepared with more than 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. With the support of EmblemHealth, we distribute recipe cards for you to take home. Our weekly newsletter has even more recipes and tips for making tasty healthy. Get more recipes and sign up at harvesthomefm.org/freshen_up.
In our markets, “fresh” means a lot more than just uncooked. You can get that kind of “fresh” in a lot of places. At Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets, fresh means straight from a nearby farm directly to you.
Our fresh means
- Ripened naturally in our farmers’ sunny fields, not ripened with gas on a truck.
- Picked the day before it’s delivered to our markets, not wrapped in plastic, put on a truck before it is naturally ripe and shipped hundreds of miles.
- Grown with respect for the soil and the earth. Many of our farms have naturally super-rich land, (black soil) which reduces the use of chemical fertilizers!
That means a whole lot more taste and a whole lot more nutrition for your $$$. (We accept SNAP, EBT & WIC as well as offering Health Bucks and special senior coupons.)
Here are a few tasty ways to freshen up your meals:
Quick Corn on the Cob
- Leave on the husk and zap in the microwave for 3 minutes.
- Carefully remove the husk; it’s very hot on the inside.
Beets, Apples and Carrot Salad
- Grate or chop 1 large beet, 3 carrots and 2 apples.
- Mix with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
- Cut up 5 peaches or nectarines with 3 large tomatoes, one red onion and 2 garlic cloves, minced.
- Add 20 basil leaves, ½ bunch of cilantro and ½ small bunch of parsley.
- Mix the juice of 3 lemons with ¼ cup of olive oil and combine with all the ingredients.
Now is the season of really fresh. With so much produce in our markets now, the hardest part is choosing what to buy this week!