Farmer’s Market Harvest| A Sweet Summer Adventure in My Own Backyard

Alice Choo-Shee-Nam-Living In Durham Community Blog

Newcastle Farmer’s Market-June 19, 2016

 

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Stapleton Farms Delicious Sweet Peppers

It’s Summer! One of my favourite times of the year. Yes, I do love the hot weather been from the Caribbean and all. The Weather was 32 degrees on Sunday. Hot, Humid and oh so Sunny.
Anyway, I am usually on a limited budget. I always try to find ways to save on my grocery bill but it’s not just about saving money. I have two wonderful Children who have their own food preferences. We all know Children can be a challenging bunch and you always have to find interesting ways to not only get them to eat but to eat Healthy as well and believe me it’s not easy with so many  unhealthy options around that are abundantly available.

This Article this week though will be about highlighting the great rewards of Fresh Produce and it’s ability to offer the body so many nutritional benefits. 

Let’s Start with Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers are are loaded with various vitamins and minerals, and are exceptionally rich in vitamin C.

Vitamin C: One medium-sized red bell pepper contains 169% of the RDA for vitamin C, making it one of the richest dietary sources of this essential nutrient.

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Vitamin K1: A form of vitamin K, also known as phylloquinone. It is important for blood clotting and bone health.

Potassium: An essential mineral that may improve heart health if consumed in adequate amounts.

Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant, essential for healthy nerves and muscles. The best dietary sources of this fat-soluble vitamin are oils, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.

Vitamin A: Red bell peppers are high in pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene), which is converted into vitamin A in the body.

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VITAMIN C IS CRITICAL TO OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Sweet Peppers are a great source of Vitamin C

Red bell pepper

A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange—190 mg. Red peppers are also a great source of vitamin A, which promotes eye health.

Capsanthin:

Abundant in red bell peppers, capsanthin is a powerful antioxidant responsible for their brilliant red color. Studies indicate that this carotenoid may help protect against cancer.

I find that when I increase my intake of Sweet Peppers it helps boost my body’s Immunity when it comes to colds and flus. I am not saying it is 100% full proof but I find it does help. So, for me especially during the Summer months I try to incorporate as much Sweet Peppers into the meals I prepare as much as possible.

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DELICIOUS AND SWEET STRAWBERRIES FROM
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Strawberries in Abundance

Strawberries are everywhere this time of the year. They are very high in antioxidants. They are also a very rich source of Vitamin C. They contain manganese, folate, potassium, B vitamins, and flavonoids. As well, they have heart healthy properties, and they benefit the digestive system. Strawberries also contains a small amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Strawberries have three main Benefits:

1.They contain Anti-Cancer subtances
2.They soothe upset stomachs
3. They help to prevent Blood vessel damage

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Asparagus are quite popular this time of the year

Asparagus

To get the most benefits from Asparagus, always purchase it season. Depending on the area. Asparagus season last until end of June.

BENEFITS OF ASPARAGUS

1. It helps support the Gut. As well, it encourages healthy gut flora, also it acts as mild laxative and has diurectic properties.

2. It has Anti-Inflammatory Properties which protects cells against oxidative stress cause by free radicals in the body. Asparagus also helps to promote a healthy immune response, and can strengthen your blood vessels.

3. Asparagus also helps to protect the heart and more. It has a substance in it called homocysteine that helps to reduce your chances of getting heart disease and cancer.

4. Asparagus also helps to promote healthy skin due to it’s “Detoxifying Properties” and beta-carotene which has a purifying effect on the skin.

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RUSTIC FARMER’S MARKET DINNER

On the Menu:

Grilled Smoked Pork Chops

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Italian Herb Tomatoes
Sautéed Carrots and Shallots

My 17 year Old daughter helped to prepare this Dinner. We used most of what we purchased at the Farmers market to create a meal. She did a great job of Cooking our Sunday dinner even though she is not always present in the Kitchen with me.

Rustic Spinach, Beet, Carrot and Italian Vinaigrette Salad
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Fresh Beets

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Sweet Pepper Relish

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I Greek Restaurant

Grand Opening Lamb Barbeque!

JUNE 11, 2016

There is a Greek in all of us

I do not cook at home everyday no matter how diligent I am. I find myself at times really busy during the week and yes, sometimes I eat out. So, I stopped by I Greek on Saturday June 11, 2016 to see what the food was like.

It was awesome!

Authentic Greek Cuisine
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People were mingling outdoors enjoy the awesome weather

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IGREEK LAMB ROAST-JUNE 11, 2016

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Living in Bowmanville or surrounding areas? Then stop by and try some delicious Greek food and Desserts.

Menu Items Includes some of these:
Chicken Souvlaki Dinner
Pork Souvlaki Dinner
Moussaka Dinner
Pastichio Dinner
Greek Salad
{And Plenty More}

196 King Street East, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
905-623-1515


My Music Look Book for this Week:


If music be the food of life, sing on….
Calvin Harris ft.RihannaThis Is What You Came For
MagicNo way No
MAGIC! – Lay You Down Easy (Studio Version) ft. Sean Paul
Empire Cast – You’re So Beautiful ft. Jussie Smollett, Yazz
Priyanka Chopra – Exotic ft. Pitbull
Kreesha Turner I Could Stay
Chris Brown – New Flame (Explicit Version) ft. Usher, Rick Ross
AdeleChasing Pavements
Kelly ClarksonBecause Of You

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