Oh the Farmer’s Market is still here! It’s not quite autumn yet! So here’s a helpful article written by Ella, about her favourite Farmer’s Market finds at this time of year in her neck of the woods.
As exciting as it may feel to have lots of nice, local and fresh food during the summer season, it can be a pretty overwhelming task. It can be pretty impossible to try out everything on the market, but you can still make things work by looking at the best the local farmers market can offer at this time. The following are examples, something you may want to look for when you get out there:
Since it’s pretty much gone from the market when it is not in season, unless you have a well maintained organic garden, you will need to look for it elsewhere when the market is out for obvious reasons. You can pair it with strawberries; use it in pies, cobblers, crisps and so much more, but you can also use it as a spice, such as in sauces and more.
There is a good reason nettles are avoided, we all know they sting and burn when touched. They do however make a great meal when you soak them and dry them or cook them, removing the stinging chemicals and using this wonderful vegetable in a number of ways. It happens to be rich in vitamins A and C, as well as iron and potassium as well, including excellent anti-inflammatory capabilities. The perennial grows in the wild, so you can buy it from a vendor who has foraging skills you know.
Using local honey
In the summer, you can easily use honey for a number of purposes, from iced tea to salad dressings, but also for face masks and more with cosmetics in mind. Local honey will have its unique scent and composition, each of the batches being different and coming from different trees, flowers and fields in the area. If your local farmers market sells bee pollen, you should make use of it as well whenever you can.
Scapes are a type of flower stalks of garlic plants, but they don’t ever actually flower. Farmers usually cut the tops off so the nutrients will head back to the developing bulbs underground, using the scapes for the compost piles or ending up on the table. You can use them as well due to their milder taste and usefulness in pesto or other food you make.
Fresh ginger is a great addition to any table, but you can also use it for a number of other purposes and more. You can use it in a face mask for acne and scar healing, but you can also make use of it in cleaning as well. Combined with vinegar and citrus it can go a long way in house cleaning in a safe and green way. Use it for bathroom cleaning, floor cleaning or anywhere in the house!
Since you will really want to avoid going foraging for mushrooms in the woods, you will stand to gain a lot from looking over the farmers market and what it has to offer. Whether it will be morels, shiitake or other kinds of mushrooms, it doesn’t really matter. Make use of them whenever you can in your diet due to their excellent nutritional properties and the fact they have been picked by someone more experienced in survival.
About the Author
This article is granted by Ella A. an avid blogger, freelance writer and home décor enthusiast. She likes to write about healthy living, home maintenance and decoration. Her greatest joy is to share helpful tips and advises with readers from all over the world.
What’s your favourite Farmer’s Market offering this time of year in your neck of the woods?