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Toledo Farmers Market

August 30, 2013
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for August 23rd

The Iowa State Fair is over, school is back in session, but that didn't stop everyone from flocking to the Toledo Farmers Market. With the blow of the whistle there was a large crowd ready to make their weekly purchases from the sixteen vendors that gathered on the Courthouse square at the Toledo Farmers Market. A few of the vendors that participated at the Iowa State Fair had their blue ribbon vegetables and honey on their tables. Kristi, Devon, Cindy and Calvin, Chuck and Ginger, Darold and Ruth, Dale, Dawn, Cheryl, Marie, Brenda and Lois, Bill, Frances, Nortons, Karen, Neiland girls, Kathy and her clan, and Vernon and Wilma were back. Some of the other items available on this Friday night were, tomatoes, sweet corn, peaches, plums, egg plant, summer squash, peas, potatoes, honey, cantaloupe, watermelons, sunflowers, pepper plants, winter squash, zucchini, carrots, mustard, strawberry plants, mums, peach trees, green beans, cabbage, okra, onions, radishes, grapes, apples, leeks, fresh and dried herbs, jams, jellies, cucumbers, plenty of delicious bakery, candles, ceramics, turkey feathers from a rare American Heritage Breed called Narragansett, and eggs. There is nine weeks of the Toledo Farmers Market left. Don't be left out, come on down to the Toledo Farmers Market on Friday nights from 5-7pm on the east side of the Courthouse square.

There are quite a few vendors that sell farm fresh eggs at the Toledo Farmers Market. Those vendors are Chuck and Ginger, Darold and Ruth, the Neiland girls, and Vernon and Wilma. There is no comparison between store bought eggs and farm fresh eggs. It has been proven that farm fresh eggs have 4-6 times more vitamin D than store bought eggs.

Eggs contain over 13 vitamins and minerals. A large egg is only 70 calories, but rich in protein, riboflavin, foliate, B Vitamins, and eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. Protein content of egg white is 3.6g, while protein content of egg yolk is 2.7g. Egg yolks also pack a healthy punch, they provide an excellent source of choline. Choline is a dietary component essential for normal function of all cells. Choline plays a critical role in normal development of the brain, especially the memory center and neural tube closure. Did you know that according to new nutrition data from the USDA"s Agricultural Research Service, eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously thought? The average amount of cholesterol in one large egg is 185mg, which is 14% lower than previously recorded.

Happy hens lay beautiful, nutritious, healthy eggs. Eggs with golden orange yolks and a hard egg shell from all the foraging the hens do. Happy hens will also talk to you when you enter the chicken house. Of coarse like any group there is always a loud one. From the day eggs are gathered, they will stay fresh for about 8 ? weeks. The key to freshness is keeping the temperature consistently the same. To test an egg for freshness you can do an old trick with a glass of water. Gently place the egg in room temperature water at the bottom of the glass. If the egg stays on its side at the bottom of the glass, it is a good egg. If the egg floats up at all or floats on its nose, it is a bad egg. You can also use a light behind the egg to see if there is any air inside; this is called candling. Another way to tell if you have a good egg is to look at the white part of the egg after you crack it open. The whites of the fresh egg is nice and perky, it has a thicker consistency. White parts of bad eggs are flat, spread out and runny.

If you haven't eaten a farm fresh egg, here is your chance. Come out to the Toledo Farmers Market and make your farm fresh egg purchases. See you at market.



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