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Online magazine - Know Your Food

Learn more about the nourishing food items our local farmers produce, and get inspired to start cooking with them in your own home!
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Know Your Food: Rhubarb

In much of the United States, rhubarb is nearly synonymous with the spring season. Not typically available year round, its strongly associated with spring, and starts popping up in grocery stores and farmers markets around this time. The red and green plant has some awesome heath benefits, and makes for a sustainable food choice in the spring.

Know Your Food: Easter Ham

Ham has been a part of the American holiday meal for decades showcasing its smoky flavor at family dinners spanning generations. Recapture the mood and memories of family by including a traditional baked ham on your Easter Sunday table. Enjoy the taste of locally farmed pork that promises to make your holiday meal just like moms!

Know Your Food: Leeks

Leek is one of those items at the grocery store that is often overlooked. It’s not a staple, like tomatoes or onions, and it’s not weird enough to stand out, like rutabaga or celery root, and so it mostly goes unnoticed. Which is a shame, because not only are leeks versatile and healthy, but full of remarkable flavor.

Know Your Food: Spelt

While common wheat established itself long ago as the prevailing grain in the west, its rival cousin is beginning to contest that. Spelt, an ancient grain and member of the wheat family, was an important part of many European’s diets in medieval times. Recently, it has enjoyed a newfound popularity that’s come, like many other food trends, by way of its health benefits.

Know Your Food: Camel Milk

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking: CAMEL milk?? As in, camel, the animal with two humps that people ride across the desert? People drink their milk?! Well yes, they do, and it’s not much different than drinking plain old cow’s milk. In fact, camel milk has been consumed for thousands of years.

Know Your Food: Persimmon

If the word ‘persimmon’ sounds foreign to you, you’re probably not alone. The yellowish-orange fruit resembling a tomato is not incredibly popular in the United States — but it should be!

Know Your Food: Avocado

If a single fruit or vegetable can be considered “trendy”, then certainly avocados take the title. Pictures of avocado toast — which people will pay close to $20 for — run rampant on foodie Instagram feeds, and articles exclaiming “avocados: it’s a lifestyle” are plenty. However, it’s true that the fruit (yes, fruit) is interesting, delicious, and healthy enough to live up to the hype.

Know Your Food: Corn

The end of summer is near and that means one delicious thing for many Americans: fresh sweet corn. Unfortunately, the rest of the year Americans tend to eat a lot more of the processed kind.

Know Your Food: Cucumbers

Ah cucumbers: beloved, widely consumed, and the source of much controversy. Is it a vegetable? But it has seeds! A fruit? But it’s not sweet! What is this long, green, refreshing piece of plant? Well, it’s actually pretty simple, if you look at it two ways: botanically speaking, it’s a fruit, but in culinary purposes, it’s considered a vegetable. Boom!

Know Your Food: Bison Meat

Bison is perhaps one of the most popular North American symbols. In fact, it has recently been designated an official mammal of the United States! Over the past few years, bison meat has been growing in popularity as a healthier meat option.
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