My Last Blog Post

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local Intern

Brianna Bowlan

Unfortunately, this is my last blog for Seacoast Eat Local. My semester at UNH is ending this week, which means I will be ending my internship. I have learned so much during my time with Seacoast Eat Local and greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with amazing people. I felt like I became a part of the community by talking with people and getting to know them at the farmers’ markets. I also got to know some of the farmers and tried many new vegetables that were delicious! It was so great to hear how appreciative everyone is of the SNAP program and I enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes part at the SNAP Committee meetings. The people who work at Seacoast Eat Local are an amazing group of people who truly care and are passionate about helping people in the community.

They try to do everything they can get people to and from the farmers markets and they want people to get as much out of this program as possible. I want to thank everyone who took the time to read my blogs and also the crew who works for Seacoast Eat Local for a great experience!

 

[ed note: We thank you, too, Brianna! It has been a pleasure getting to know you this semester and we wish you safe and fun travels for your time abroad this spring! We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon!]

 

 

What’s So Great About Kale?

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local intern

During the past couple years, kale has exploded onto the scene and became a very popular super food. People are going crazy over it and trying to put it in everything from smoothies to soup.

Although kale isn’t going to fix all of your health problems, it certainly is a great source of Vitamin A, K, and C. It also contains Vitamin B6, fiber, and calcium. Kale is very important for lowering the risks of cancer and it’s full of antioxidants for fighting free radicals in the body. The flavonoids in kale have anti-inflammatory benefits, which can help you relieve oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.

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If all the health benefits of kale appeal to you, you are in luck! The winter farmer’s market is brimming with vendors that sell kale. If you have no idea how to cook kale, you could ask the farmer what their preferred method of preparation is, or you could search for a recipe on the Seacoast Eat Local Pinterest site!

Sources: whfoods.com

Winter Recipes

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local intern

Are you struggling to figure out how to cook your new vegetables you bought at the Winter Farmer’s Market? There are a lot of foreign vegetables that can be very intimidating if you do not know how to cook them properly. For example, who knows how to cook a turnip? Because I certainly don’t! If I don’t know how to cook a vegetable, I won’t buy it, which is holding me back from trying new vegetables and expanding my palate.

 

Stout Oak Farm savoy cabbageLuckily for you and me, Seacoast Eat Local provides a link in the website to different recipes for winter vegetables. You can download and print recipe cards, or you can just copy them down. We have recipes for beef, beets, lamb, eggs, pumpkin, maple syrup, turips, etc. If you don’t find a recipe for a vegetable you have, or if you find one you don’t like, we also have a Pinterest page with a variety of recipes for almost every vegetable! The link to the recipes is here and I want to challenge everyone to go find a vegetable they have never tried before and test out one of these recipes!

My First Ever Winter Farmers’ Market

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local intern

22565486223_da1d319a9f_zThis past Saturday I experienced my first Winter Farmer’s Market at the Wentworth Greenhouses. For those of you who have not been to a Winter Farmer’s Market, I highly suggest you go this winter.

They are full of excitement and have great products for everyone in your family! First of all, the Wentworth Greenhouses are an amazing venue. They have other shops and artisan markets, as well as decorative plants that you can buy! It had a very rustic feel and all the holiday wreaths gave it a joyful atmosphere. The products are also amazing! They have everything from meat and mushrooms to yarn and beer. There are baked goods, pies, jams and even ethnic food.

I also really enjoyed talking with people and helping them out. Everyone was so kind and you could tell they were excited to be at the first Winter Farmer’s Market. So if you haven’t already made plans to go to the next market on December 5th, you definitely should because I’m sure it will soon become a winter tradition that your whole family will enjoy.

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Thinking About Your Thanksgiving Menu?

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local intern
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I’m sure many of you have started thinking about the menu. Have you ever considered creating a meal that is completely made from local foods? The Winter Farmer’s Market has everything you need to create a delicious meal using local products. You can pre-order your turkey from local farms in Rye, Hampton, and around the Seacoast using a link on the Seacoast Eat Local website. You can find sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole, eggs for deviled eggs, lettuce for salad, beans for a side dish, and much more! There are also apples and pumpkins that are waiting to be turned into delicious desserts.

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By shopping at your local farmer’s market for your Thanksgiving meal, you are helping out your community and shopping sustainably. You are getting the absolute best quality of food with the highest amount of nutrients. For more Thanksgiving recipes, please visit Seacoast Eat Local’s Pinterest page for Thanksgiving and have a wonderful Holiday season!

 

 

Pictures:

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For the Love of Brussels Sprouts

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local intern

Now I know many people do not like Brussels sprouts; in fact, I used to cringe at the mere mention of them. I did not start liking them until I came to UNH because of the way the dining halls prepared them (by roasting them). I am glad I began to like them because they have so many health benefits. They are full of Vitamin C, K, and A. They contain fiber, antioxidants, and essential minerals. They are low in calories, fat, and sugar, so they make a perfect snack or side dish!

 
You can buy them off the stalk at a local farmer’s market, which keeps them fresh for longer, or you can buy them loose at the grocery store. You can roast them with nuts, or sauté them with onions. They can be added to pasta dishes or to a salad. Brussels sprouts are very versatile because they are a blank slate that you can add your own flavors too.

For more recipes and instructions on how to cook them you can visit Seacoast Eat Local’s Brussels sprouts Pinterest board

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Photo credits:

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Apple Fest

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local intern

apples2As apple picking season winds down, it’s a great time to start thinking about what to do with all your leftover apples! I personally love to bake with them. There is nothing better than hot apple crisp on a cool fall night.

Different kinds of apples are good for different things. Some apples are great for eating raw while some are great for baking because they hold their shapes. Sweet apples are better for applesauce or juice because you don’t have to add much more sugar. Below is a chart of different kinds of apples and what they are best used for!

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So pull out your favorite apple pie recipe or check out our Pinterest page for new recipe ideas and start baking!

 

 

Source: The Yummy Life.

 

 

 

Do You Have Pumpkin Fever?

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local Intern

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I know I do! Pumpkin seems to be the focus of the fall season, and when coffee shops start putting out pumpkin flavored coffee, you know the season is beginning. I am a huge fan of all pumpkin flavored treats such as scones, muffins, cookies, etc. However, these products most likely do not contain the nutritional properties that a real pumpkin contains. Coffee Dorks make the very best pumpkin inspired coffee with their famous french press. Anyone who is a pumpkin fan knows that.

A real pumpkin contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, and is very abundant in vitamin A. It is loaded with antioxidants such as lutein, xanthin, and carotenes. It also contains pumpkin seeds, which are edible, and contain protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. As a whole, pumpkin is very low in calories and fat and is a great way to control cholesterol.

pumpkinseedsPumpkin can be prepared in a variety of ways. It can be cut into pieces and roasted, or cooked and pureed like mashed potato. Personally, I love when cinnamon and nutmeg is used to season the pumpkin after cooking. My favorite way to prepare the pumpkin seeds is to dig them out and clean them off, then roast them in the oven and cover them with salt.

Even though you may love pumpkin flavored food products, you will get the most nutrition out of real pumpkins and you will also be supporting you local farmers. So get yourself a pumpkin and figure out your favorite way to eat it! Here are a few recipes from our Pinterest page to get you started.

Source: Nutrition and You

Pictures: ShaMagazine
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Are You Sad The Summer Markets Are Over?

Many of our summer markets will soon be coming to a close (here’s a calendar of all the open markets), however, the Winter Markets will be starting up! The Winter Markets are a great place to come during the cold, snowy winters when you are getting cabin fever. Bring the kids, or your friends and come explore what the Seacoast farms have to offer!

There are an abundance of vendors that sell a variety of food; from bakery items to ethnic cooking. The winter produce that is sold at these markets includes: apples, beets, pumpkins, squash, onions, garlic, salad greens, potatoes, etc. These foods are great for soups, stews, or crockpot recipes that will warm you up on a cold fall night.

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Fall and Winter CSA shares are now available!

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For all of our SNAP customers, we will be offering a program that you cannot pass up! Instead of matching up to 10 market match coupons, we will be offering two for one Market Match without a limit! This means that if you swipe your EBT card for 10 dollars, we will give you 20 Market Match coupons. This is a great opportunity that may only be offered this winter, so take advantage of it!

The first Winter Farmer’s Market is on November 21st in Rollinsford and they continue until April. Complete schedule and more information

Do You Have Leftover Fruits and Vegetables?

By Brianna Bowlan, Seacoast Eat Local intern

Do you have an abundance of fruits and vegetables left from the Farmer’s Markets, or your own garden and don’t know how to keep them for the fall? Have you ever considered freezing them? Freezing fruits and vegetables is a great way to retain their freshness, nutrient content and they won’t go to waste.

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You can freeze peas, asparagus, green beans, strawberries, cherries, peaches, etc. The best way to freeze your vegetables is to blanch them first (generally, fruit does not need to be blanched). Blanching is the process of cooking the vegetable and then placing it in ice water to terminate the cooking. This process slows the loss of nutrients and keeps the vegetables more vibrant in color. Next, prep the food and place into a freezer-safe container; Make sure they are not touching each other. After completely frozen, place them into a heavy-duty freezer bag and get as much air out of it as you can. Put them back into the freezer, until you are ready to use them. More details on this process >

When the harsh New England winter hits us, you can still have fresh fruit and vegetables that are full of nutrients and flavor. It’s a nice way to have a little piece of summer while you buried deep in snow.

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Sources:

Johnson, Abigail. “How to Freeze 20 Fruits and Vegetables.” Fine Cooking. Seacoast Eat Local, n.d. Web. 2 Oct. 2015.

Photos: Kale, Ali Express