What’s Fresh This Week at the Farmers’ Markets?

by Alice Magdziak • October 9, 2011 • Garden State, Green JerseyComments (0)1735

We bought a share of organic veggies and fruit from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group based in Westfield.  Each week, we’re going to show you what we got.  It’s our way of showing you what New Jersey farmers are up to and what you should be able to find at your local farmers’ market this week.

This week we got apples, kiwi berries, potatoes, cabbage, arugula, dill, jalapenos and two heads of red romaine.

Never heard of kiwi berries?  Neither have I. Click on the Read More link to read about them.

Here’s some information about them from Kiwiberry.com:

Most varieties of hardy kiwi “actinidia arguta” originated in China. These vines produce a smooth-skinned fruit that is the “no fuzz”, “no peel” cousin of the traditional kiwifruit.

The benefits of these flavorful berries include:

Antioxidants: Are the body’s first defense force in fighting disease and they counteract damage to the body by free radicals.

Vitamin C – five times the Vitamin C of an orange

Vitamin E – twice that of an avocado with only 60% of the calories

Vitamin A – Essential in vision, normal bone, tooth development, reproduction, and the health of skin

Vitamin B6 – equals the amount of a serving of spinach

Vitamin B2 – the same amount as found in 100% fortified breakfast cereal

Folate (Folic Acid) – For Women

Carotenoids: carotenes (primarily beta carotene), luteins and xanthophylls. Diets high in foods containing carotenoids have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Flavonoids (Higher levels due to KiwiBerries edible skin) – Another group of phytochemicals, the phenolic compounds, are found primarily in the skin of KiwiBerries. These compounds, such as flavonoids, have received much attention because of their antioxidant, antiallergenic, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties

Fiber (both soluble and insoluble)

Potassium – Higher per ounce than bananas

Magnesium

Manganese

Copper – For Kids

Calcium

Iron

Phosphorus

Selenium

Chromium

Zinc – For Men

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