Fall is in the air but what is in your pantry? Hopefully, lots of healthy, delicious produce courtesy of autumn’s bountiful harvest. This week at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, you can expect to find crisp, delicious Michigan apples—so much tastier than those at the supermarket (Did you know they can be stored up to three years before they get to the store?). You’ll also find tasty pears.
The chemical free produce from the Farmers’ Market may be somewhat smaller than the produce you find at the supermarket, but it has three to four times the nutritional value and no harmful pesticides. Do you know what gives the fruit at the super market its glossy shine? Wax! Wax puts a nice shine on your automobile, but do you really want to eat it?
Winter squash are in season, too: Hubbard, acorn and butternut. These are so easy to prepare. Simply cut in half, scoop out the seeds, place skin-side up on a baking sheet and roast at 350 degrees until tender. Scoop out the tender flesh and mash it with a little butter and Michigan honey—from the Farmers’ Market.
Both market locations still have greens, as well. Did you know that collards and kale can grow through most of the Michigan winter? If you’re interested in growing your own, ask the women from Our Kitchen Table who are managing the Farmers’ Market. They can help you get started.
Both Southeast Area Farmers’ Market locations accept EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, Kent County Health Department coupons and Project Fresh coupons. If you have coupons or Double Up Food Bucks tokens left, use them up before they expire!
Please note! Friday’s market at Gerald R Ford Middle School has moved inside. It’s now open from 5 to 7 p.m. The Garfield Park Saturday market location remains open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as usual. Hope to see you there!