Market Mutt ~ Julie

This week’s Market Mutt is Julie.  She is a 4 year old Husky that was left on her owners doorstep in 2009 with nothing but a leash.  Her owner believes that Julie had been abused and it has taken considerable time to help Julie to be a comfortable and happy dog.  Julie’s favorite thing at the market are the lamb flavored treats from Poochie Trends.  When Julie isn’t cruising around the market she loves to go on walks with her owner and their other dog.  Look for Julie and say hello!

Market Recipe: Summer Squash Fritters

Made at Cedar Park Farmers Marker on Saturday, June 16th 2012

• 3 squash (any variety)
• 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• ¼ cup chopped onion
• 1/8 cup flour or cornmeal or mixture (I use soy flour)
• 1 egg
• ¾ teaspoon Black pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon oil
Can also add a diced jalapeno or other peppers

Directions:

  • Grate the squash with a cheese grater (or use your food processor) into mixing bowl.
  • Add the cheese, onion and egg.
  • Mix together and then add flour/cornmeal until it is almost a dry mix.
  • Heat oil in skillet and drop spoon size/or patties amounts of mixture into hot oil and flatten to make into shape of pancake.
  • Fry until golden brown and sprinkle with salt.

Coconuts – What’s the craze about?

What’s the big deal with coconuts? Coconut water, coconut oil….why is everyone suddenly into it, after centuries of production? Are the contents in the coconut-shell all that it’s cracked up to be?

Let’s break it down and take a look.

Coconut Water Benefits:

  • Energy – from electrolytes. It’s natural compared to products like Red Bull or energy drinks that make users crash later.
  • Immunity – The potassium and magnesium contents provide a shelter from diseases like kidney stones or heart disease.
  • Low Calorie Beverage – compared to other marketed drinks, coconut water is low in calories. One serving is approximately 50 calories alone.

 

Benefits of Coconut Oil:

  • Cholesterol Control – Virgin coconut oil helps to manage cholesterol with its monounsaturated fats.
  • Hair and Skin Nourishment – coconut oil contains Vitamin E, which is ideal for retaining moisture in the hair and skin.
  • Antibacterial Treatment – the antioxidants in coconut oil help fight infections like diaper rash, yeast infections and other conditions.
  • Weight Management – Overall, coconut oil is a good type of fat. It can be used as an alternative to vegetable or olive oils, as a weight control supplement. That is, when used in moderation.
  • Disease Control – Research has shown that coconut oil has aided patients that suffer from Alzheimer’s and other incurable diseases, by slowing the progression.

Organic coconut water and oil will help keep you and your family healthy and chemical free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Mutt ~ Autumn

This week’s Market Mutt is Autumn.  She is a 3 year old Whipped/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.  Autumn was adopted in 2008 from the P.A.W.S. organization in Austin.  We caught up with her by Katz Gourmet Coffee where she was greeting other dogs as they entered the market.  When Autumn isn’t at the market she loves to swim or hang out with the other adopted dogs in her household.  Autumn comes to the market about once a month and never misses an opportunity to hit up Poochie Trends for some delicious treats.

Texas Farmers’ Market Supports Locavores

And Locavores support local farmers…

Some say you are what you eat. So to be healthy, it’s a no brainer – eat healthy.

Locavores for instance, only buy produce that’s grown close by. The term was coined in 2007, following a large number of individuals desiring to eat within their means (of locally grown foods).

The Benefits of Being a Locavore:

  • Eat less processed foods
  • Less chance of pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Obtain better tasting, seasonal and more nutritious foods
  • Establish relationships with farmers, learning about growing practices and food tips
  • Support the local economy

The other advantage of being a Locavore, is that it conforms to an eco-friendly lifestyle. This is because foods are not transported from long distances, which in turn, cuts back on greenhouse gas emissions. Nor are they stored for weeks or months at a time before being sold.

It’s important to note that not all foods chosen in locavorism are organic. The notion lies mainly in eating within the vicinity of residence, and to detach from commercialized groceries.

Of course, not ALL foods are going to be available locally, so the main point is buying local whenever possible or learning to eat what is available seasonally in your area.

There isn’t an official movement or regulatory board yet, as with organic produce. It’s somewhat in its grassroots stage. The spread can be merited to word-of-mouth and social media. Also, many Locavores do indulge in foods outside the realm of their backyards, with chocolates, coffees and the likes.

For those who so happen to live within Central Texas, real local foods are offered at the Texas Farmers’ Markets in the Austin area at Cedar Park (Saturday, 9a-1p) and Round Rock (Sunday,  11a-2:30). The markets provide convenient places to participate in Locavore shopping, without driving from farm to farm in search of quality, fruits, vegetables, artisan cheeses, olives, whey and much more.

The foods that are sourced at our farmers’ markets are the freshest to be found. Grown locally, residents can eat locally, and support their local farmers.