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Toledo Farmers Market

August 16, 2013
By Dawn Troutner - Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for August 9th

It was a slow night at the Toledo Farmers Market. I am sure the Iowa State Fair had something to do with that. But that didn't stop Kristi, Devon, Chuck and Ginger, Darold and Ruth, Dawn, Cheryl, Linda, Frances, Jim, Brenda and Lois, and Karen from filling their tables with delicious items to sell. Some of those items were pies, cookies, rolls, rosettes, snack mixes, jams, jellies, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli, cabbage, sweet corn, potatoes, beets, apples, fresh and dried herbs, zucchini, carrots, green beans, blackberries, and peppers. There were also homemade leather items and ceramics. There is only two months of market left, be sure to make your Friday night visit to the Toledo Farmers Market before it's too late.

Kristi had blackberries on her table, they were the biggest black berries I have ever seen. She told me they are domestic berries. Wild blackberries are smaller and have thorns on the bushes; domestic blackberries have no thorns on the bushes. I wouldn't mind picking those kinds of berries. I remember putting on jeans, long sleeve shirts, and sometimes gloves to venture to the timber to pick blackberries. It never failed I always got stuck in a patch somewhere and had to fight the thorns getting out. Domestic blackberries are produced on thornless canes, allowing pickers to enjoy the cool summer attire of shorts, tank tops and flip flops while picking their crop of blackberries.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Blackberries are not actually berries, but are instead an aggregate fruit. Blackberries are formed from several individual seeded fruits that are attached to a single core. This design allows blackberries to have a high skin and seed composition which contributes to their high nutritional content.

Blackberries are high in fiber. Fiber helps you to feel satisfied longer. This makes blackberries a great diet food. Blackberries have a low fat content. Blackberries are rich in antioxidants. Blackberries also contain rutin, which is a flavonoid that works to improve blood circulation. They also act as an anti-inflammatory and can lower the risk of heart disease.

As you can see blackberries provide a great deal of health benefits. Come to the Toledo Farmers Market and choose blackberries that have a rich, deep color and that are plump.

See you at market.



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