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June 4, 2014

Farmers Market 06-05-14

Plenty of selection at Farmers Market

The Stillwater Farmers Market is open every Monday from 2-5:30 at Stillwater Medical Center and every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Strickland Park.

What’s at market this week?

 Veggies: Bell peppers, beets, beet greens, collard greens, eggplant, garlic, garlic scapes, green beans, green onions, jalapenos, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard greens, new potatoes, onions, pea shoots, English peas, snow peas, sugar snap peas, spinach, turnips and turnip greens

Baked goods: Biscotti, cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, muffins, pies, scones and turnovers

Breads: Artisan, challah, cinnamon raisin, pepperoni cheese roll, rosemary, seven grain, sourdough, whole wheat and white

Eggs: Farm fresh eggs

Flowers and plants: A variety of herb plants, pepper plants, tomato plants, and bedding plants

Fresh cut herbs: Anise hyssop, dill, fennel, mints, oregano and sage

Jams and jellies: Apricot habanero, dandelion, elderberry wine, lemon honey and sand plum

Did you know that the largest U.S. consumer of kale is Pizza Hut, which uses the leafy green not for food, but to decorate it’s salad bar? There’s a lot more to this leafy green than its decorative value.

Kale and its cousins, which include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and collard greens, are all members of the Brassica oleracea family.

However, unlike the relatively newly popular broccoli and cauliflower, kale is old school, having been cultivated for over 2,000 years. Of all the Brassica oleracea varieties, kale (along with collards) is closest to its wild cabbage roots.

Of course, kale hasn’t always hidden in obscurity only to be forced into the salad bar spotlight. In northern Europe, kale has long been a traditional food, especially in Scotland where, according to Elizabeth Schneider in Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini, being asked to “come to kail” was once the equivalent of being invited to dinner whether or not kale was actually served.

The beautiful leaves of the kale plant provide an earthy flavor and more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around.  

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