Our Market Mutt this weekend is Charlie. He is about a 4 year old poodle mix. His owners adopted him 2.5 years ago from Roman Grove Animal Shelter. We met up with him at the Kitchen’s Pride booth. Charlie’s favorite things to do are sleep, go on walks, and snack on liver treats. In the warm Texas summer’s you won’t find Charlie cooling off in the lake, he hates water! Look for Charlie again at the Market and say hello!
Are you in a pickle about the best foods to eat for good health? At the Texas Farmer’s Markets, we’re all about supplying foods that are healthy for everyone.
Food fermentation has been around for thousands of years as evidenced by research. It is the process of promoting good bacteria in foods by adding specific ingredients and controlling temperatures to breed these organisms.
As an example, wine is typically made with fruits that are crushed with added yeast. Over time, the fruit ferments and is then strained into wine. The older the wine, the better the taste and quality, which also speaks to fermentation’s ability to change the taste and texture of foods.
Top Reasons Fermented Foods Are Excellent for Health:
Apart from wine, other popular types of fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchee, ketchup, mayonnaise, kefir, pickles, cheese and more.
In the modern Western world, many of the foods consumed are purported as “safe foods”, meaning they’re pasteurized or treated. While nothing’s entirely wrong with these foods, the missing piece of the puzzle for optimal health is balance.
Fermented foods provide healthy tummies for babies, adults and seniors alike.
As with organic foods, fermented foods are widely debated for their pros and cons. One thing remains constant however, and that is the fact that they are excellent foods for digestive health.
Visit Full Quiver for their cheese, sauerkraut and kimchee as well as Milk-king Creamery, Flat Creek Estates, Dos Luna’s Cheese, Eagle Mountain Cheese, Buddha’s Brew, for all their fermented foods at Cedar Park Farmers Market.
In learning about the foods you eat and their benefits, an excellent source of nutrition that you may be ignoring is whey. This super-food is made when milk curdles and the liquid remains are drained. This liquid is additionally characterized by a thin and watery texture.
The most predominant benefit of whey is its protein compounds. It’s often solidified and used as an isolated powder or in different food product varieties. In addition to the protein source, it’s also beneficial for several reasons – which are explored below.
The Benefits of Whey:
More Interesting Facts about Whey:
In reality, whey is a way of life for those interested in muscle building, post-workout nutrition recovery and for active lifestyles in general. Look for Mil-King Creamery at the Cedar Park Farmer’s Market to buy liquid whey. It can be sampled at the Sample the Market Booth regularly.
Almost everyone craves sweets. Sugar makes us feel good. And, we want to feel good when we are stressed or overworked or exhausted. While our ancestors got their sweet cravings from naturally sweet foods such as fruit, we have taken our sweet craving to a whole new level with refined sugar (which is in just about everything).
Refined sugar is a highly addictive substance. Sugar enters our bloodstream at a strikingly fast pace – pushing our blood sugar sky high and giving us that deliciously-good feeling. Not long after the sugar high, though, you come crashing down and may feel even more depressed, weary, or tired than before.
Refined sugar also lacks vitamins, minerals and fiber. Because of this, the body must pull from its reserves of minerals and enzymes to absorb the sugar. So, not only is it harder to digest, it actually creates a deficiency in the body!
So, how can we get around this vicious sugar rollercoaster and give our body what it needs? I mean, we cannot LIVE without our sugar, right? I know this sounds crazy, but an amazingly easy but effective way to do this is to eat naturally sweet vegetables.
Here’s how: Head to the Farmer’s Market and pick up some of these naturally sweet vegetables
Take an “adding-in approach” where you put more of these into your daily diet. Fill up on these veggies first without worrying about eliminating your sugar.
Be consistent – eat some of these everyday, and before long you will notice a shift. You won’t be reaching for as many cookies! Your internal “sweet-0-meter” will be getting what it needs from these delicious veggies and won’t be screaming for a donut. How cool is that?
And, here’s some benefits of eating such deliciously sweet veggies:
Yumm – eating sweet veggies while feeling grounded and being able to pass up the chocolate cake. That sounds like a recipe for success to me.
The Cedar Park and Round Rock Farmers’ Markets know where ours comes from and we know the people who grow it. One of the goals of our market association is to provide information to our customers and help strengthen the bonds between the farmer and the consumer and to make transparent the route from the farm to your table. In order to this, we visit all the farms and ranches selling at our markets, to understand their food production processes and to feel certain that the food is grown or prepared with agricultural, nutritional and environmental integrity. (Note that “local” varies depending on the product. Most of our foods come from a 150 mile radius, but our seafood and some citrus come from greater distances. This is because they are not able to be grown nearby, but are produced in Texas.)
The Cedar Park and Round Rock Farmers’ Markets work to establish a connection between the farmer and the public and create a partnership that ensures a more sustainable future for everyone.
Real Farmers. Real Food. Real Good.