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Tennessee Farmers Markets Beat the Chill

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee farmers markets are giving customers what they want:  access to as many fresh local products as possible through the cold weather months. Winter farmers markets and online market options are part of the national movement to make local and seasonal eating a viable choice year round.

Winter markets offer a wide variety of fresh produce that grows well in cooler weather, like broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, carrots and cabbage. Autumn produce that stores well is also still available.

Winter Hoop House Crops. (TDA)

Winter Hoop House Crops. (TDA)

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Prevent Alzheimer’s With These 3 Foods

 

Practice preventive care with a diet rich in these Alzheimer’s foods to help slow the progression of the most common form of dementia.

MySilverAgeGlendale, CA – The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is projected to triple by 2050. While there isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s, certain lifestyle changes can help prevent cognitive decline.

MySilverAge.com recommends three foods that can help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s by enhancing brain function and keeping the mind sharp.

Oil-based salad dressings on salads can help support healthy brain function.

Oil-based salad dressings on salads can help support healthy brain function.

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Greens are Simply Fantastic for Spring

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Green is the first color of spring, and greens are the first crops of the garden season. In Tennessee, spring starts with turnip and collard greens, plus all kinds of lettuces. Spinach, though, is perhaps the modern favorite spring green.

Famously nutritious, it’s also tender and sweet to eat from baby stage to full broad leaf. Spinach cooks quickly and can be successfully added to just about any savory dish for added color and nutrition.

Garlic Spinach Saute

Garlic Spinach Saute

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Heat Up the Cold with Local Sausages, Soups

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – It’s the most challenging time of the year for localvores: how does one stave off mealtime boredom when all that’s left of local produce are root vegetables and the occasional cabbage?

The answer lies in a pot of soup. Our bodies crave the warmth of soups and stews in wintertime. Even better, many wintertime ingredients like beans and yes, root vegetables, can be chameleons of flavor depending on spices and whether the soup is vegetable broth, meat broth, or cream based. It doesn’t take a professional chef to know that chicken noodle soup and beef stew are a tasty world apart.

Hearty Sausage & Bean Soup

Hearty Sausage & Bean Soup

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ShopSmart gives Tips to Help You avoid Food Preparation and Storage Dangers

 

ShopSmartYonkers, NY – Nothing we eat is 100 percent safe, but there are easy ways to cut your risk of getting sick. The July 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, features an easy three-step guide with simple tips that can improve your food-cleaning and storing know-how.  «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Warm Spring gives State’s Farmers Markets, Statewide Market Tour Early Start

 

Tour to make stop at Clarksville’s Downtown Market July 28th

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The wait is over, localvores. Despite a late cold snap that proved disastrous for some fruit crops in patchy spots across Tennessee, the three week warm spell that came before has farmers markets filling up with summer produce earlier than usual.

Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism and farmers markets coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, reports that summertime favorites like yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage and cucumbers are already being picked, and that homegrown tomatoes and sweet corn are not far behind. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says “Not a Farmer? Be a Phone-er!”

 

Pick Tennessee ProductsNashville, TN – “Phoning it in” is not necessarily a bad thing, at least when it comes to putting local foods on the table.

“Not everybody can be a farmer, but everybody can find farms, farmers markets and pick-your-own patches nearby,” says Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism coordinator with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “Smart phone scanners make finding fresh, local foods so easy, you can literally phone it in!” «Read the rest of this article»

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The Quest for Local Food

 

UT Extension OfficeClarksville, TN – According to the Organic Consumers Association, a 1,000 acre U.S. corporate farm growing genetically engineered crops nets an average of $39.00 an acre. In contrast, a 4-acre family farm nets, on average, $1400 per acre. Small organic farms are proving to be even more profitable. Why? Because they are meeting the needs of a niche market and can charge a little more, they aren’t as reliant on oil, because they use fewer large machines, less pesticides and fertilizer. «Read the rest of this article»

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At the Downtown Market this week!

 

The market this weekend will feature fresh produce including strawberries, asparagus, squash, carrots, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, peas, peppers, green beans, herbs, and much more.

You can also pick up plenty of potting plants and flowers, homemade soaps, delicious homemade baked goods, candles, honey, themed painted gourds, wood workings, stained glass works, stone crosses, cookbooks, and even a recipe or two.

The Downtown Market is open from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm every Saturday from May 15th – October 23rd.

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

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