Wednesday, April 29, 2009

There Was A Farmer....


The Division Street Farmers Market officially kicks off in a week of two. Brady and I were gushing at how happy we are that the countdown has begun.

If you are able to shop for fruits and veggies locally, here are some suggestions.

Blueberries: According to Tufts University, a cup of blueberries can improve short-term memory, better than any other antioxidant-rich foods.

Strawberries: An excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids – which provide health benefits that fight off cancer and heart disease.

Pomegranate: A cup of this magical fruit juice has four times the antioxidants of green tea.

Apples: Can decrease risks of cancer, heart disease, asthma and diabetes because of its high doses of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.

Beans: A Glamour Magazine story once cited a study that women who ate black, pinto or kidney beans (which are high in folate) were 69 percent less at risk for heart disease. Beans are also full of fiber which helps prevent colon cancer.

Broccoli: A cool-weather vegetable, broccoli is high in vitamin C and soluble fiber and contains strong anti-cancer properties.

Avocado: The good fats in avocados help absorb five times more heart-healthy lycopene from food.

If you are heading to a farmers market, bring lots of cash. The majority of the vendors don’t accept plastic.

To find a market in your area, visit localharvest.org.

(Source: Martha Stewart Magazine, Glamour; Photos: daisyfarms.net and timeoutchicago.com)

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