Local whole foods cooked from scratch is the BEST way to get loads of good nutrition! Give the super-market a wide berth this weekend and let the farmers market inspire you. Pick up whats available right now and build a menu around those items, season with pastured meats or fresh seafood..and you have yourself a good start to eating better this summer. Try frying Padron peppers in olive oil till charred a bit and sprinkle with a little salt, grill a small piece of fish (tuna is in season!) or pastured meat (Sweet Home Meats now has chicken pieces) and have with a salad…tomatoes have arrived! Slice peaches , nectarines, melons for a mixed fruit salad, sprinkle with berries..you can add a simple dressing of yoghurt and honey.
Come with an open mind and leave with something you have never cooked before, ask the farmers and vendors how they prepare it. Cooking from scratch means experimenting, tasting and discovering new flavors. So much info. is out there on the web and in cook books…be adventurous this summer…eat what’s in season, you’ll never get bored!
Reminders for shopping at the Market: Have your coolers and bags in the car ready to go, shop early for the best fresh produce and selection, bring change…there are counterfeit $100 bills in markets this year, vendors will not be accepting them , our Info Booth does not carry cash either, BUT you can have your SNAP or Debit card swiped there and buy market tokens to spend:) Some vendors take debit…always ask them.
The Kids get to learn about Pollinators from the Master Gardeners this Saturday between 10am-11am. The POP Club gives each child $2 to shop for fresh fruits and veggies, the SNAP Match program (thanks to New Seasons) gives food stamp shoppers up to an extra $5 when they purchase market tokens at the Info. Booth and this week’s music is by the talented and much loved Tiffany Carlson, get your seats early…they’ll be a crowd listening!
Tiffany is also playing at the First City Celebration Saturday..the BIG downtown Oregon City all-day street fair ..over 100 vendors, wines, food carts, music…and coin toss. http://www.thefirstcity.org/event-schedule/2014/7/26/first-city-celebration