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Toledo Farmers Market

August 24, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

This market night brought a large crowd and 11 vendors. The vendor's tables were full of green beans, sweet corn, summer squash, winter squash, nuts, honey, eggs, bakery, green onions, sweet onions, cabbage, okra, turnips, potatoes, fresh herbs, jams, jellies, broccoli, tomatoes, and edamame. Every vegetable vendor had tomatoes on their table. There is no shortage of those this year. There is around 10 weeks of market left. Be sure to come on out and make your purchases on Friday night on the east side of the courthouse from 5-7 p.m.

I have been growing and selling edamame now for a couple of years. Many people don't know what edamame is. The Japanese call it edamame, but others call it, sweet beans, vegetable soybeans, beer beans, green soybeans, garden soybeans, immature soybeans and edible soybeans.

In Japan, edamame is a very popular snack food. It has only recently become popular in the other parts of the world. Edamame's is a star legume. The soybean is a complete protein containing all of the amino acid building blocks. It also provides an antioxidant boost from plant chemicals isoflavones.

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Just add a 1/2 cup of them daily to your diet and it will increase your fiber, protein, and vitamin/mineral content of your diet.

A 1/2 cup of shelled edamame has 120 calories, 9 grams fiber, 2.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams monounsaturated fat, 11 grams protein, 13 grams carbohydrates, 15 mg sodium, 10% daily value for vitamin C, 10% daily value for iron, 8% daily value for vitamin A, and 4% daily value for calcium.

Edamame fresh out of a garden is farm fresh and definitely non-GMO.

Cooking edamame is easy.


Rinse fresh edamame

Put edamame pods into briskly boiling water.

Cook to second boil 2-5 minutes or until tender. At this stage, you would normally notice some pods opening up. Do not overcook.

Drain water, let cool, sprinkle with sea salt and serve.


Rinse fresh edamame.

Place edamame pods in steamer basket.

Place basket in saucepan with water below basket.

Cover, bring to a full boil, and steam about 5 mins.

Sprinkle on some salt and serve.

To eat the edamame after cooking, take the edamame pod by the stem, strip edamame from the pod, and discard the empty pods. Enjoy!!!!

There you have it, market in an edamame shell. Oh yeah and did I mention that this year at the Iowa State Fair I received a blue ribbon, that would be a 1st place on the edamame I grow?

Come out to the Toledo Farmers' Market and try something new today. See you at market.



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