The Rules of (Green) Thumb For Shopping at your Farmer’s Market

We get a lot of questions about what to eat during different times of the year and how to keep produce fresher for longer.

The answer to both of those things: Eat Seasonally.  

The easiest way to do that is to make a point of getting to your locals Farmer’s Market as often as possible so you can pick up the freshest produce and eat exactly as nature intended.

We know Farmer’s Markets can be overwhelming so we wanted to break it down and make the experience a little simpler.  Even if you aren’t getting to the farmers market these tips can apply to shopping at your local grocery store too.

Firstly, it’s important to go with some reusable shopping bags.  They make it easier to shlep your bounty and are good for the environment.

Next, put your brave face on because it’s really, really important to talk to your farmers.  Engage them, ask them questions, find out where your food came from!  

Quinn wrote and incredibly comprehensive guide HERE.  She gives you all the questions you can/should ask and tells you exactly how to engage your farmer in an easy, breezy convo.

Finally, here is what you should pick up…

  • 1 Leafy green: Because you should always, always have leafy greens in your diet.  The more the merrier/healthier.
  • 1 Veggie that seems to be abundant: You know, that thing that seems to be at every stand.  Get some!  Veggies that are in season always taste best and when something is abundant it is also very affordable.
  • 1 In-season fruit: Satisfy your sweet tooth with some seasonal fruits.  This time of year it’s all about apples pears or if you can find ‘em, persimmons and pawpaws.
  • 1 Frivolous item that you’ve never cooked with before: This is how you learn!  Be brave, be bold.  And then get to googling…
  • Raw Honey: This is nectar of the gods!  Raw honey has tons of medicinal properties.  Its like a low grade antobiotic so it’s amazing for immunity and will help you build up a tolerence to seasonal allergies in your area.
  • Pasture Raised Eggs: You haven’t eaten eggs until you’ve eaten pasture raised eggs.  They just taste better, richer and have way more flavor.  Crack these babies open and prepare to be amazed at the vibrance of the orange yolk.

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If you’re in the North East, here’s what’s in season right now

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Eggplant
  • Greens (Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens)
  • Onion
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash (Butternut, Kabocha, Pumpkins…)

What are your favorite seasonal foods and recipes?  We want to know!  Tell us in the comments below!

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Homemade Veggie Stock

Posted by: Quinn

My faaavorite feeling in the world is when I finally do something that I’ve been super scared of/ intimidated by and realize that it was super easy and fun!

That’s what happened when I made Vegetable Stock.  Ok, maybe “fun” is taking it a little too far, but it was super easy and now I have every intention of making it all the time.  For example, I’m moving next week into my own big girl apartment (YAY!) and veggie stock will be the first thing I throw on my stove to infuse my space with the smell of HOME.

Here’s the recipe.  I’m going to give to you to grandma style with no formal measurements because I think that’s the best way…  Just know, no matter what, you will create a flavorful base for any soup.

There is no right way, or wrong way to make veggie stock.

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Vegetable Stock
Servings: depends what you’re using it for.  probably around 6-10
Time: 2 + hours

  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 2-3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 yellow onions, large dice
  • A BIG soup pot filled 3/4 of the way with water
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 2-3 bay leaves (optional)
  • Some fresh herbs, like thyme or rosemary (optional)

Directions

Put everything in your large soup pot and bring to a boil.  Then, reduce to a simmer and allow it to cook for 2 hours.  Strain out all of the veggies and herbs.  Cool and store in an airtight container or jar.  That’s all, folks.

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What Do You Eat, Quinn Asteak?

 Quinn cooks all day every day.  There is always deliciously healthy food around…which is always very tempting!   But what does she eat when she’s left to her own devices?  Watch this video to find out!
 
At the end she gives one of her favorite techniques for chopping everyone’s favorite fall fruit: the apple!  Check out how she makes this sweet staple into a crispy chip that goes the distance.

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Coping with summer’s bounty of vegetables

We came across this great piece in the NYTimes and just had to share it with you.  It’s chock full of great information for how to keep that summer produce alive and well. We had some major lightbulb moments and know you will too

Keep reading, this is seriously good stuff.

Here’s a dirty little secret of summer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

What should be a beautiful and inspiring sight — your kitchen, overflowing with seasonal produce — is sometimes an intimidating tableau of anxiety. The knobbly piles and dirt-caked bunches are overwhelming. Already the peak-ripe multicolored peppers are developing soft spots; the chard is wilting and the race is on.

“People often feel overwhelmed in the kitchen, and when all this produce suddenly arrives, they panic,” said Ronna Welsh, a chef in Brooklyn who teaches workshops on, among other topics, produce management.

Vegetable anxiety can strike anyone at this time of year: C.S.A. subscribers, compulsive farm-stand stoppers and even vegetarians. “All this produce arrives with a deadline,” said Benjamin Elwood, a lawyer in St. Paul. “It’s like when a DVD comes from Netflix. You feel like you have to watch the movie ASAP in order to get your money’s worth, but the pressure makes you not want to watch it.”

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