Last Call for the Farmers’ Markets

When you’re out and about today (jaunting?)…you may want to stop at the Farmers’ Market.  Sadly, here in Minnesota, several of my favorite Farmers’ Markets are closing this week.  Another sign that summer has ended…but, again fall has its own rewards…sweaters, apples, acorn squash and the ever-photogenic pumpkin!  I can’t wait to put on my Irish knit sweater — you know, the one that feels like a house coat and makes you look 20 pounds heavier…I have three! I can’t wait to put one on and go apple picking!  (We’ll save pumpkin picking until the girls are home for break.)

Have a great Saturday-wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!

PS…Don’t forget to get some flowers for the house…

Beets-At the Farmers’ market this week

I have had a taste for beets ever since I read here that the Hooley family was making pickled beets.  I had my first beet five years ago in a restaurant salad and ever since…I’ve been hooked!  I crave beets sometimes…I don’t know why…they must have something in them that my body needs?

The beet is a lowly root vegetable, but even the ancient Romans recognized them as a health food.  Beets can be pickled, served in a salad, steamed and served with butter.  In Eastern Europe, beets are made into borscht, a cold soup.  Beets are commercially important because of their high sugar content (oh, now I get it–my body needs sugar!?)  They are also known antioxidants and help to lower cholesterol.   With all of that going for them….have you had your beets today?