Category Archives: Farmer’s Market

Fall Vegetables: 5 Amazing Facts You HAVE to Know

Getting ready for the change in season? For me that means shifting my menus to include lots of fall vegetables. In addition to cooking seasonally, some of us chefs like to geek out over fun and interesting food facts.

From their many health benefits to their rich history, here are jeopardy-worthy fall vegetable facts you HAVE to know. Use them to impress your dinner guests or to get conversation rolling around the table.

Fun Facts About Fall Vegetables

1. Carrots are around 5,000 years old…and they’re still going strong! Many say carrots were originally used medicinally. Today, they’re a culinary staple, used to prepare stocks, soups and stews. Even though we don’t often think about the health benefits, they’re still there. Carrots contain beta-carotene (how they got their name) and other important nutrients. (Source)

2. Cauliflower is the answer to…everything! Because of its versatility, you can use cauliflower to make grain-free dishes like cauliflower rice and pizza dough. You can even use it in vegetarian cooking to make meat-like meals, such as cauliflower steaks and buffalo nuggets. If you’re on a limited diet, ask us how we can turn your favorite food into a healthful cauliflower creation.

3. Mushrooms can help give your immune system a boost—which is good to know as those first fall sniffles come to pass. They’re also anti-inflammatory. You can find mushrooms sold as teas and tinctures, but I like to use whole mushrooms in my meals to yield the benefits. Sauté them and add to pasta dishes or put them in the food processor to make a vegan pâté (check out this recipe from Smitten Kitchen). (Source)

4. Chestnuts aren’t just for open fires (and Christmas songs). Chestnuts can be used to make a variety of sweet and savory dishes…seriously! Try this creamy puréed chestnut soup or use chestnut flour to make gluten-free brownies. Get creative and see how awesome chestnuts can be.

5. Potatoes: According to the International Potato Center (yup, that’s a thing) there are more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes—in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors. We like to serve them in a bunch of different ways for our personal chef clients. From mashed potatoes to french fries to latkes, there’s plenty to whip up with all those spuds this season.

Want to get more fall vegetables on your plate? About the Table will design fresh menus of healthy and delicious meals, featuring the best local produce just for you. We’ll even throw in a few extra fun facts! Contact us to learn more.

4 Smart Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

Some people look forward to baseball in the spring. Others look forward to flowers in bloom. I’m a chef, so naturally I’m ready for farmers market season!

One of the most exciting things about the coming of spring is the re-opening of farmers markets here in Delaware. Your local farmers market is THE place to find that fresh produce you’ve been craving all winter long. Berries, spinach, stone fruit…ah, I can’t wait!

Beyond the food, farmers markets provide so much to the local community. From fair price points to neighborhood gardens and everything in between, there are so many reasons I shop at farmers markets for my family and my clients:

Quality
The best meals start with the best ingredients—and small farmers truly care about reducing waste, eliminating chemicals and treating animals ethically. Sometimes, they can’t afford organic or humane labels, but are every bit as conscientious (if not more) than their industrial counterparts. Talk to your farmers to learn more about their farming practices. They’re always happy to help!

Savings
Did you know that shopping for seasonal food (at the farmers market or grocery store) could actually save you money? This is because in-season ingredients are more abundant. It’s simple supply and demand. The more you have the less you charge. Plus, if your food doesn’t have to go far, purveyors can cut down on travel expenses. This is better for your wallet and the environment.

Community
Local farmers markets often support local communities. At the Southbridge Popup Farmers Market, you’ll find chemical-free and discounted produce. As an added bonus, all proceeds support the market and community garden. Do some research to learn more about giveback campaigns and volunteer opportunities at farms in your area.  

Health
If you stop and think about it, eating seasonal food just makes sense! There’s a reason we naturally crave soups and stews to keep us warm in the winter, just as we crave light salads and fruit in the spring and summer to keep us cool and energized. Eat in accordance with nature and you’ll have all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Ready to start shopping?

Throughout April and May, look for:
• Asparagus
• Artichokes
• Fava beans
• Peas
• Spinach
• Rhubarb
• Radishes
• Any other local favorites!

Don’t have time to get your family to the farmers market? I’ll bring all the fun and seasonal food right to your table with my Delaware-based personal chef services. Contact me, and let’s talk!