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Radishes are widely available at winter farmers markets, but can often be overlooked as a raw salad component, taco condiment, or pop of color on a crudité spread. Those uses are all great, of course, but these cruciferous veggies are also fantastic cooked. Here are some ideas to take advantage of a variety of radishes available at markets now.

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Farmers, especially those here in our region, are remarkable. They’re up against so many odds, and they still deliver the most exquisite — in both flavor and aesthetics — produce, meats, cheeses, and more to area farmers tailgate markets each week. Right now we are, and have been, experiencing severe drought conditions, and our farmers are still showing up to markets, abundance in hand. When at a market this week, be sure to tell your farmers thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Many fruits and vegetables are widely celebrated in the fall including apples, pumpkins and other winter squash. At area farmers tailgate markets, there are so many varieties of vegetables worthy of homage, yet unfortunately ignored by the mainstream autumnal attention. Sweet potatoes, arugula, sweet potato greens, and wild mushrooms, are just a few.

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Sweet, spicy, starchy, surprising… So much variety to be found at area farmers tailgate markets this time of year. Fall is a time of roots, dark greens, and warming flavors. Farming doesn’t end with the summer, even if some of the markets do. Explore the diversity of foods this season and try something new, or find your good ol’ favorites. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Eat your colors.” You’ve probably heard this before — an expression touted by grandmothers, dietitians, and food magazines, alike. In the summer months, what foods are available in each color group varies throughout the growing season. What veggies of the rainbow can be found at area farmers tailgate markets right now? Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s time to get to the bottom of things at area farmers tailgate markets, the bottom of plants, that is. Root vegetables are flourishing this fall, and there’s quite a variety of them! But not all root vegetables are actually roots, exactly. Roots can be true roots, as well as tubers, rhizomes, corms, and bulbs, which technically don’t function as roots, so much as underground stems. Read the rest of this entry »

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