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Healthy Spring Selections: Try Your Farmer’s Market

Posted on 07 May 2009 by noelskitchen

 
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Have You Visited Your Local Farmer’s Market?

Spring is a great time to enjoy seasonal vegtables and fruits. After a long winter of heavier foods, the light and crisp fruits and vegtables of springs are just what our bodies need.

Try visiting your local community farmer’s market or a “self-pick” farm to enjoy the freshest fruits and vegtables. Stores have to wait for their produce shipments to arrive, which means that the produce they receive may be picked before it is ripe or may be picked before it is ripe or may become overripe during the journey from stem to store. Fresh produce has a higher nutrient content than frozen or canned food, and it tastes better too.  Choose fruits and vegtables that have a vibrant color and are free from bruises.

Here are some fruits and vegtables that ripen in the spring and provide you with health benefits:

Spring Vegtables

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avoocados
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Snap Beans
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard

Spring Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Figs
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries

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Tags: Organic Gardening

April: Sweet Pea or Daisy

Posted on 07 April 2009 by noelskitchen

 
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April: Sweet Pea or Daisy

What will you choose to bring your garden to life?

April’s name is derived from the latin aperire, meaning to open.  In truth, April is the month of opening. It’s a gardener’s month, for the trees bud overhead beautiful blossoms and the bulbs at our feet open. It’s a month for entertaining, and once again we open our homes to company following the austerities of Lent. April opens the world of fashion too. On Easter Sunday church steps all over the country become flower gardens of silk and satin posies bobbing atop incredible bonnets.

With the earthy fragrance of newly spaded gardens, the first concert of song sparrows returning to nest in the tulip tree, and the matted winter lawn now turning green after a night’s steady rain, April bring to all a sharpened awareness of the natural world around us.

Enjoy Entertaining!

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