Finally it arrived, a hot summer night for the Toledo Farmers’ Market.
There were 13 vendors at the market on this hot July night. Tables were full of fresh bakery, and delicious produce. Customers went briskly through the market making their purchases and retreating back to the coolness of their vehicles. With the heat of summer arriving we should be seeing many new things at the Toledo Farmers’ Market.
Black raspberries have been seen at the Toledo Farmers’ Market. Raspberries come in many colors. There are black, purple, red, and gold raspberries. Raspberries are a very healthy food high in vitamin C and naturally have no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. They are also a good source of iron and folate (this is used especially in treatment of low red blood cells or anemia). Raspberries contain a natural substance called ellagic acid, which is an anti-carcinogenic (cancer-preventing) compound. Raspberries have been shown to lower high blood cholesterol levels and slow release of carbohydrates into the blood stream of diabetics.
Raspberries are also high in fiber. You should always select plump, firm, fully ripe berries. Unripe berries will not ripen once picked. When ripe most varieties achieve a darker blush at peak sugar and they separate easily from the core which remains attached to the plant. One pint of raspberries equal 2 cups, and is good for about 2 to 4 servings. One cup of raspberries is about 123 grams and about 64 calories. Two pints or four cups of raspberries are needed for a 9” pie.
Another fruit that has been seen at the market is gooseberries. Some may ask what a gooseberry is. A gooseberry is a small round fruit. The berries taste of a sweet tangy mixture of pineapple and strawberry. The fruits make an interesting addition to salads, cooked dishes, and as a garnish.
If you are looking for less tartness, head for the pinkish or purplish tones. Look of those with a bright golden color, green berries are not ripe. However you should pick gooseberries green for pies and jams. Gooseberries are considered a gift of nature to human mankind for the benefits it provides. No other single fruit is as rich in different nutrients as a gooseberry. Gooseberries contain high amount of vitamin C along with other nutrients like vitamin A, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
So if your looking to purchase some good berries, come on out to the Toledo Farmers’ Market and purchase yours today. See you at market!