Thursday, September 11, 2014

10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow for Beginners!

Planting your own garden can be intimidating,start off your future plush garden with these 10 easy vegetables to grow! 

1.)Lettuce:Head lettuce,leaf lettuce and arugula lettuce can be planted every two weeks until the first frost.
2.)Cucumbers:Its a great veggie for a late crop!

3.)Spinach:Another great veggies for your spring or fall garden,you can pick it and they will continuously grow. 

4.)Basil:Basil is an essential herb when cooking and soo easy to grow! They're able to be planted in sunny window or in pots outside.

5.)Carrots:The nice thing about carrots,if they're planted in fall they're ok with being harvested early as baby carrots.

6.)Kale:One of the easiest vegetables to grow,it can handle warm temperatures but thrives in cooler weather. Kale can be planted in spring or fall but can actually handle a first frost,the taste maybe a bit sweet.

7.)Green Beans:"Pole" beans are easiest to manage although they do need a trellis.

8.)Radishes:You can direct plant the seeds during spring or fall.

9.)Summer Squash:Besides being so fast and easy to grow,you wont need to plant many of them.

10.)Peas:Another vegetable that can handle warm temperatures but do best in cooler weather.

Happy Planting and Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Go Nuts for Pistachios!

Recent studies have shown,a handful of pistachios added to your daily diet, may lower fasting glucose,lowers insulin and hormone ratio which is relevant in prediabetic people.
 Pistachios are also known to contain fewer calories than most nuts and known to be very rich in energy which is a bonus for our metabolism!
They also help with maintaing weight and heart health,making the pistachio a small but mighty and tasty snack for the whole family!!

Be sure to pick up a bag during your next visit to your local Farmers Market!

Get Crackin'!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sea Salt and Spanish Peppers

The summer season has peppers at their peak for picking!
Try this delicious recipe,remember all of the ingredients can be found at 
Heritage Farmers Market and any local farmers market!

 24 Spanish peppers
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Sea Salt

Toss peppers with olive oil. Heat a heavy skillet (preferably a cast iron) over medium high heat. Cook peppers in a single layer,turning until blister,so about 5 mins. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with sea salt.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Healthy Mind and Body

Having a healthy mind is the foundation of life,it's what makes life more rich and fulfilling,even in stressful times in life its always best to 'check in' with yourself mentally. Everyones healthy looks different than someone else's.

Reducing stress not only keeps our bodies healthy but our minds too! 
   -Meditation daily is a significant stress reliever,keeping a journal is a form of meditation,if sitting still gets a bit boring.
   -Physical exercise is another significant stress reliever,a daily 20min walk or light jog,makes ALL the difference,especially when it becomes a habit!
   -Be Social,social networks can isolate us in the world of technology but a healthy group of friends that encourage us to put the phone down and turn off the computer is the perfect way to laugh and share common experiences. 
   -Eat Healthy,eating the right kinds of food such as fruits,veggies and lean meats really boost our energy and our metabolisms,helping us burn fat efficiently. Basically keeps our body operating  correctly.
  -Challenging ourselves is a really great and FUN way to keep our minds healthy,wether its learning a new language,instrument or dance classes. 

Simple and easy ways to better improve the quality of life can only make for positive changes.

                       "A great life doesn't happen by chance it comes from CHANGE."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Guilt Free Pasta!


     2 zucchinis,peeled
     1 tablespoon of olive oil
     1/4 cup of water
     salt and ground pepper to taste


   1. Cut lengthwise slices from zucchini using a vegetable peeler,stopping when the seeds are reached. Turn zucchini over and continue 'peeling' until all the zucchini is in long strips. Discard seeds and slice the zucchini into thinner strips (resembling spaghetti)

   2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil for 1 minute. Add water and cook until zucchini is softened,5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Just add your favorite pesto or even spaghetti sauce for a delicious and healthy meal! 

                          *All ingredients can be found at your local Farmers Market*

                                                            SERVE AND ENJOY! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

National Farmers Market Week!

                                It's NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK! Aug 3rd-9th 2014

Hopefully rounding up the family for a fun shopping trip to your local Farmers Market!
There are thousands of reasons to shop your local Farmers Market and in a country where we recognize celebrities and shiny things its nice to have a whole WEEK dedicated to Farmers Markets! Hopefully one day it will be recognized 365 days a year!

"Farmers markets connect and unite people living in urban and rural environments, provide access to fresh, healthy and delicious foods, and—best of all—put a face to the farmers and ranchers who produce their wonderful wares. We, in turn, can support farmers and local communities with our purchases"-USDA

Not only do we connect with our community through Farmers Markets but its the best way to educate children about nutrition and gives a real hands on lesson about where their food comes from! When fruits and veggies are diced and ready to eat in a nice package(right off a shelf)its hard to show the value of what exactly it took to grow them but introducing not just our children but ourselves as well,to fresh (just picked this morning) fruits and veggies is a wonderful reminder of how important it is to take care of the land that ultimately provides for us!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Plum Crazy

Plums have been deemed one of the healthiest foods in the world!

Not only are Plums in season through the summer but the benefits are endless!
Here are just a few benefits to remember the next time you're shopping at your local Farmers Market:

-A delicious low calorie power food 
-Great reliever of digestive problems
-Helps with controlling blood sugar levels and can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
-Improves Brain Memory,they are full of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
-Great source of vitamin C 
-Plum extracts can also kill aggressive breast cancer cells

Just some food for thought the next time you're out shopping for a tasty snack!