What Fresh Produce Does For You

Just thought you’d like to know what some of the produce at the upcoming 9th Annual Produce Sale on Saturday and Sunday can do for you besides tasting fantastic.

Peaches – This delicious fruit is perfect to freeze, can, make jam and jellies, pies, and cobblers.  One raw peach has 50 calories, 15 grams carbohydrates, 13 grams sugar and 1 gram of protein.  It provides 6% of your daily vitamin A needs and 15% of Vitamin C needs as well as Vitamins ,  K and trace minerals.

Apples – Homemade applesauce comes immediately to mind along with apple pie and cobbler.  Apples are also delicious in tossed salads, tun salad, and mixed with ground chicken to make sausage.  Apples are high in Vitamin C, the B-complex vitamins, fiber, phytonutrients and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.

Tomatoes – A medium sized tomato contains only 22 caloies, 4 grams carbs, 2.6 grams sugar and 1.2 grams of insoluable fiber.  They provide lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.  They make great sauces for pizza, paste, homemade katsup, and salsa.  Buy a bunch, make up your sauces and can or freeze them for savings all winter.

Green & Red Peppers – These are called for in so many recipes including soups, salads, pizzas, and egg dishes.  They are a great source of Vitamin A, C, B6, folate and antioxidants. You can chop fresh peppers into cubes or strips, lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze.  Then store in plastic bag or ball jars in the freezer for a continuous supply all winter.

Potatoes – Whether its russets, reds, sweet potatoes, or bakers, potatoes are the mainstay of the American diet.  They contain excellent nutrition including Vitamins C, B6, Niacin, Folate, and potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.  Potatoes store well in a dark, dry basement or root cellar.

Sweet Corn – Yum, sweet corn dripping with butter next to a burger, brat or barbecue chicken and some fresh sliced tomatoes can’t be beat.  100 grams of corn has only about 100 calories, 21 grams carbs, and 4.5 grams sugar.  It’s antioxidants include Zeaxanthin and Lutein.