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Toledo Farmers Market

October 5, 2012
By Dawn Troutner - Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for September 21st

You wouldn't know there is only five weeks of market left by the tables of the vendors at the Toledo Farmers' Market. There were fourteen vendors ready to sell at the ring of the Courthouse clock. Some of the items available were honey, eggs, bakery, summer and winter squash, green onions, radishes, fresh herbs, dried herbs, jams, jellies, egg plant, hot and sweet peppers, squirrel corn, watermelons, mums, sweet onions, tomatoes, potatoes and sweet potatoes to name a few. Come on out the Toledo Farmers' Market and make your fall purchases before it's too late.

Okay, a question I get asked all the time is, "Are they sweet potatoes or yams?" The term "yam" is used mistakenly to label orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. Yams are thick white tubers with little flavor and not related to sweet potatoes at all. Sweet potatoes originated in South America and come in dozens of varieties. Yams are rarely available in the United States, though popular in South and Central America, the West Indies, many Pacific islands, and parts of Asia and Africa. When you go to your favorite supermarket you will generally see what is technically a sweet potato labeled as a yam. You are unlikely to find a true yam at your average supermarket. If you see a can marked yams, you're safe; it is a red-skinned, orange-fleshed sweet potato that has been labeled as yams. Not the white fleshed, bland tuber that is a real yam.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes have a rich, sweet flavor; yams are particularly bland and starchy. Sweet potatoes typically have a smooth skin, while the skin of the yam is rough and somewhat shaggy. A sweet potato is lower in calories, has a lower glycemic load, and is much higher in beta-carotene than a yam. Yams do have a few redeeming qualities like higher levels of vitamin C and folate. The sweet potato appears to be a better bet, nutritionally. So you have the rest of the story.

See you at market.



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