Farmers markets are an excellent way to buy fresh, locally grown food. There are several benefits to buying from sellers in our area, like stimulating the local economy, supporting smaller and local farms, accessing more fresh and healthy foods, getting to know the people who grow your food, and much more. So what should you look out for on your next trip to the market? What’s in season right now? What’s new and exciting? These are all the questions we asked this past weekend when we visited Forsyth. Be sure to visit these vendors and more this weekend.
Gannon Organics | Hakurei Turnip
What is Hakurei? Hakurei are relatively new turnips that were developed in Japan in the 1950s when the country was suffering from severe food shortages due to World War II. Though the Hakurei has developed something of a cult following in recent years, you’re not likely to find them anywhere but at farmer’s markets. Their surprisingly delicate, almost fruity flavor and crunchy texture accounts for their popularity. They’re delicious raw, but if you can resist the urge to simply pop them in your mouth, try shaving them into salads or slaws along with thinly sliced apples or pears. When cooked, they develop a buttery flavor and when roasted at high temperatures, their sweetness increases. The turnip tops are also tasty quickly sautéed with garlic in olive oil.
Hot Tip from Gannon: Japanese turnip greens are edible as well and have a similar taste to mustard greens. Make sure to capture all the flavor and nutrients by throwing them in you broth based soups.
Clark & Sons | Sweet Potatoes
What is good? The Southern sweet potato crop on track for a good year. Sweet potatoes love the warm weather and by mid-September were sizing up well. Harvest should begin in the next couple of weeks and Clark & Sons will be bringing their bumper crop to Forsyth on or around 10/16. Some things you may not know about sweet potatoes is that they are great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as, promoting gut health, healthy vision and have been know to enhance brain function. Make sure you line-up to get your hands on some of these orange beauties and here are a few ways to prepare.
Hot Tip from Clark & Sons: Look for sweet potatoes that are firm and wrinkle free.
Isreally Hummus | Savory & Sweet Homemade Hummus
What’s different about Isreally Hummus? Isreally Hummus is a Savannah based hummus company, dedicated to boiling every chickpea to perfection, processing it for ultimate creaminess, and making sure that no good post goes unPUNished. Isreally Hummus is proud to introduce real hummus to the Low Country. You’ll find yourself saying, “Isreally good!”
What types are offered? Garlic lemon, Heat me Baby (Smokey), The Very Pesto, The Oh Gee, You Pepper Believe It & Hot Date
Hot Tip From Isreally Hummus: Be sure to grab a Garbanzone loyalty card to get your 10th hummus free
Vital Mission Farm | Duck Everything
Duck Proscuitto, Duck Confit, 24 Hour Bone Broth, Pet Treats, Whole Ducks plus more. My suggestion is head into Forsyth with a mission, such as making a fabulous Sunday Brunch at home. Stop by the Vital Mission Farm booth and grab some Duck Confit for the perfect hash. Once you have your duck secured then everything you need is just within a few booths reach.
Recipe Suggestion: Duck confit hash and chili-fried eggs
What’s different about Vital Mission Farm? Their mission is to grow food that is healthy for people, animals, land and environment.
Hot Tip from VMF: You can get a vital subscription box to try one of everything. Their monthly Vital Box subscription is a great sampler box of all of their most popular products. This box gets you the best value and bang for your buck. Each box including 2 packages of duck prosciutto, one package of duck confit, one-half gallon of bone broth, and 1 dozen duck wings.
Cappy’s Farm Fresh Food | No Gluten, No Soy, No Peanuts, No Dairy
Allergen friendly healthy meals and healthy snacks for people on the move. This is just one of the reviews about Cappy’s and after tasting the homemade gluten free Oatmeal & Raisin cookies, I couldn’t have said it better. Kathleen Duncan writes, “The sunbutter and jelly are objectively good. I don’t mean good for being allergen free. I mean, belly satisfying, tongue delighting, write home to mama good! Thanks for pursuing your passion and blessing our shop with your gifts and talents.”