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Toledo Farmers Market

Market Report for September 2nd

September 16, 2011
By Dawn Troutner, Market Master
TOLEDO CHRONICLE- Market started with thirteen vendors and tables full of produce to sell. There were many items available for purchase.

Some of those items were, okra, onions, herbs, bakery, eggs, summer squash, winter squash, apples, cabbage, popcorn, honey, garlic, tomatoes, peppers hot and sweet, jams, jellies, rosettes, homemade angel food cakes, watermelons, cantaloupe, turnips, potatoes, cucumbers, , green beans, yellow beans, carrots, and edamame(soy beans) to mention a few.

Time is running out, be sure to come out to the Toledo Farmers’ Market and make your purchases before it is to late. The market runs through the month of October, with Oct. 28 being the last market.

Many don’t know what edamame is. Edamame is a green vegetable, more commonly known as an edible soybean.

Edamame is consumed by many as a snack, vegetable dish, or soup. Salt boiled edamame in pods are eaten by squeezing beans out of pods.

This makes a great appetizer to serve with beer. All you have to do is take 1 pound of fresh edamamne in pods and cut off the stem end.

Wash the edamame, put in a bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Rub the edamame with the salt.

Boil a fair amount of water in a large pot.

Add about 2 Tbsp of salt in the boiling water.

Put the edamame in the boiling water and boil for 3 to4 minutes, until softened.

Drain edamame in a colander.

Taste one edamame and if it’s not salty enough sprinkle more salt over boiled edamame.

Spread the edamame on a flat tray to cool.

Cheers!!!!

Edamame is a complete protein containing all the essential Amino Acids.

It is a great source of protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, and isoflavones, which is found in soy. A half cup of edamame contains 3g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, and 8 g protein.

Walking by a few of the vendors tables at a market, you get a mouth watering smell of sweet cantaloupe. Cantaloupe has been around for a long time.

Christopher Columbus transported melon seeds to the United States, which were cultivated by Spanish explorers in California. Cantaloupes are a good source of potassium, vitamin A and C, has a high water content, low in calories and cholesterol and is fat free. To pick a good cantaloupe, choose one which is round, firm and slightly golden.

A cantaloupe must have a sweet smell. But avoid those with cracks, soft spots, or dark bruises. Did you know cantaloupe is the most popular melon in the United States?

Put a squirt of lemon or lime juice on a slice of cantaloupe to enhance or perk up the flavor.

If you leave uncut cantaloupe at room temperature for two to four days the fruit will become softer and juicer. If you haven’t had a home grown cantaloupe be sure to come out to the Toledo Farmers’ Market and make your purchase today, before it’s too late.

See you at market.

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Dawn Troutner

 
 

 

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