Your Guide to Leafy Greens

Guide to Greens
With so many fresh leafy greens this time of year, we’re helping you navigate the market with your Guide to Leafy Greens. Discover the different varieties you can shop, best practices for storing greens and easy recipe suggestions. Click to download or pick up your guide Saturday at the Market. Read the full story »

Ways to Shop at the Farmers Market

Fall is in the air! Whether the weather is cold or not, the crops and harvesting is rising to action and so should you! Here are some ways to shop at your local Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. Also do not be discourage, because Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market partnered with Pinnacle Prevention to provide a program called Double Up Bucks. Do not hesitate, because if you are also on a regular budget all you need is 20$

An overview of what the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market has, there are fresh produce harvested by the following farms: Arizona Gardens, Blue Sky Organic Farms, Community Exchange Table offers certain vegetables and fruits, Crooked Sky Farms, Horny Toads, IRC (Al Hamka), Pickled Perfections, Southwest Mushroom and Steadfast Farms. Amongst going into the winter season, not only are fruits and vegetables seasonal, but so are certain artisan vendors and prepared food fall into this category as well.

Fall/Winter Season
Keep an eye out for these vegetables and fruits:

Apples

Bananas

Beets

Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

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Recipe Box: Cooking Up Spaghetti Squash

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November is here and so is winter squash.  Spaghetti Squash is a great way to introduce more vegetables into your diet.  This vegetable is full of calcium, iron, vitamin B and potassium making it a good choice for people with high blood pressure.  ⁠Swap out traditional pasta and try our five favorite recipes below.  Intimidated to shop and prepare this vegetable? Love and Lemon has your guide to cooking spaghetti squash.

What’s In Season November: Arugula, Basil, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Dates, Green onion/scallions, Herbs, Limes, Lettuce, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Squash (winter), Tomatoes, Turnips⁠

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How To Make Prickly Pear Jam

This year make your own gifts for friends and family.  Homemade prickly pear jam paired with fresh market bread is the perfect hostess gift this season.  ⁠

5 Best Ways to Store Apples Long Term

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Apples have become a common staple in most households and in fact are in the top three most consumed fruit.  To keep apples stocked year-round in grocery stores, apples are imported from the southern hemisphere.  However, apples are harvested in Arizona June through September.

Learn proper storage techniques to preserve apples so they don’t spoil too fast.  This can mean enjoying local apples year-round, reducing your food waste, and saving money.

5 Best Ways to Store Apples Long Term

  1. Keep them cool and dry
  2. Keep them apart (you could wrap each apple individually in butcher paper)
  3. Tart apples with thicker skin will last longer
  4. Handle with care and avoid bruising them
  5. Do not store them with potatoes
  6. BONUS TIP: Preserve them!  Try preserving them by canning, making sauce, or pie filling.  You can freeze apples. When you want to use them, just reheat in a skillet with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Lastly, you can dehydrate them and enjoy them for a snack.

 

Discover Our 10 Favorite Apple Facts

1.  Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.

2. The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.

3. Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.

4. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.

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Crop of the Week: Mature Spinach

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Spinach is a cool-weather vegetable. Along with other green, leafy vegetables contain an appreciable amount of iron, calcium and vitamins a and k. A fast-growing plant, it yields many leaves in a short time. The variety we’re used to seeing at the grocery stores is known as “baby spinach”.  It’s a softer, sweeter leaf that’s delicious enjoyed fresh and paired with citrus vinaigrette and sliced radishes.  Baby spinach is harvested as early as three weeks. Alternatively, Mature Spinach is harvested 45-60 days. Mature spinach has a richer spinach flavor and is great to cook with because of its texture.

Read more fror trips on shopping, storing and cooking spinach.

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Ten Fun Facts About Cabbage

Fresh Local Organic Vegetable at Farmers Market

“Cabbage is humble, but worthy of the greatest respect” the great Alice Waters has written
(Don’t miss her talk this month – details below**)

Check out our Guide To Leafy Greens and get inspired to cook up Corned Beef and Cabbage this weekend.

Ten Fun Facts About Cabbage… yes, cabbage!
1. Cabbage is one of our oldest known vegetables.
It has been cultivated for longer than almost any other vegetable on record. To be precise, more than 6,000 years! It originated in Northern China, sometime around 4,000 B.C.
2. The first cabbage in America was brought by French explorer Jacques Cartier on his 3rd voyage (1541).
3. Cabbage belongs to the Cruciferae family of vegetables, along with broccoli, collards, kale, and Brussels sprouts.
4. Today, China is the largest producer of cabbage, followed by India and Russia.

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What’s In Season: Winter

Brussels sprouts and strawberries are beginning to make their appearance at the Market this week! Find fresh Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery root, Clementines, Dates, Garlic, Grapefruit, Green onion, Greens, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Oranges, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach,  Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Turnips

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Rockin’ Root Veggies

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The Winter Market is filled with fresh produce right from the farm.  What’s in season?  Sweet citrus, leafy greens and tons of root veggies!  Because root vegetables grow underground, they absorb a great amount of nutrients from the soil and a smart choice full of flavor. Not sure how to cook a turnip? Wondering what to do with a parsnip?  This week try one of these recipes.

RadishOrange Glazed Radishes
CarrotsCarrot Soup
Don’t forget to use up those carrot tops.  Try making our Carrot Top Pesto.
Turnips –  Buttered Mashed Turnips
Parsnips –  Honey Roasted Parsnips
BeetsBeet and Turnip Gratin

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What’s In Season: Fall

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Arugula, Basil, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Corn, Dates, Figs, Green beans, Green onion/scallions, Herbs, Limes, Lettuce, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Spinach, Squash (winter), Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Turnips