You may not have the time or resources to have your own farm, but you can still enjoy fresh and delicious local produce. In this episode we’ll talk about Portland’s robust network of farmers markets, bringing fresh, local and nutritious produce to your table.
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In this Episode
- CJ Anderson
- Amanda Cross
- Derek Anderson, MD
How do farmers markets work?
A farmers market is a place where local farmers and food makers can sell their products directly to customers. You’re buying food from Oregon farms and generally it’s grown less than 100 miles from the market.
Produce you’re likely to see in early summer
- Leaf Lettuce
- Snap Peas
- Green Onions
But you’ll have to keep coming back. Each week you’ll find the produce that’s ripe and ready to eat now.
What kind of nutrition do these foods provide?
Fresh vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals. Spinach is a great source of iron and protein. If you eat 100 calories worth of spinach (about 1.5 cups, cooked) has the same amount of iron as 24 ounces of steak (at 1,700 calories).
Berries are great sources of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Plus they’re naturally sweet, making them a great option for healthy desserts or toppings. You can even throw some into a salad for a fresh flavor.
Some surprising appearances
You won’t just find the usual suspects at local farmers markets. Amanda was surprised to discover local farmers grew ginger and turmeric to sell at the Montavila Farmers Market. You’ll also find a wider variety of common fruit and vegetables. Once a month, the Montavilla Market features a specific vegetable, with vendors bringing different varieties for shoppers to sample.
You can check out the Montavilla Farmers Market Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (May 15 through October 30).
The market also features Winter Stock-Up opportunities once a month in December, January and February.
Author: LivingWell PDX Blog
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