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Its Farmers Market Season

I’m super excited to say that I am at my local Farmers Market every Wednesday this year through October. I love this! I am totally in my element connecting with my customers and other vendors who I consider wonderful friends.

I get to sample all my peanut butters and honey, share and receive recipe suggestions and meet all kinds of people from near and far. It’s GREAT!!

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Some days I’m under a downtown canopy and others I am under my own so I’m still figuring out what set up works best with what I have to work with. It gets tricky on those windy days, so packing tape and string come in handy to keep everything secure.

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My spicy peanut butter seems to be a big hit.  With the right mix of Korean red pepper, cayenne pepper and ginger powder it has a nice heat that burns on the way down. This peanut butter can be heated to make a creamy peanut sauce consistency that’s delicious in any Asian dish or drizzled over roasted broccoli and asparagus. One of my customers said she mixed it with lime juice and made a chicken marinade. Grilled the chicken then brushed more spicy pb and lime mixture over it before serving. Sounds incredible!

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Another cool thing about the market is all the great finds! I found these two cuties a couple booths down from me. The perfect plant, they don’t need regular watering.

So if you ever find yourself in Holland Michigan on a Wednesday come to the Farmers Market. Say hi, sample the wonderful products West Michigan has to offer and explore our wonderful town on the water.

 

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Are blueberries making you sick?

What are blueberries?

They are a perennial flowering shrub which the berries grow in clusters. They especially like the  North America climate.

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I’m from Michigan so I’m surrounded by blueberry fields. I live down the road from one that also has a store where they make and sell blueberry goods. Items like blueberry muffins and their famous blueberry donuts…YUM!

I also did what every kid did growing up here, picked blueberries in the summer for money. They were long very hot days which ended in a stomach ache, which made me think they can’t be that good for you if they made you feel sick. My sister and I last one week. If we didn’t quit we were sure to get fired for eating the merchandise.

The older I got the more I realized what a hot commodity we had growing in our back yard. Not to mention the continuing health benefits we were learning blueberries had such as:

  1. Rich in antioxidants
  2. Strengthen bones
  3. Help fight cancer
  4. Lower bad cholesterol
  5. Boost brain health
  6. Protect heart health
  7. Amp up weight loss
  8. Sooth inflammation
  9. Support digestion
  10. Treat urinary tract infections
  11. Prevents signs of aging
  12. Promote hair growth
  13. Alleviate IBS
  14. Reduce muscle damage
  15. Prevent or delay ocular issues
  16. Aids in preventing dementia
  17. Act as a antidepressant
  18. Treat diabetes
  19. Promote detoxification
  20. Boost immunity

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So how many blueberries should you eat? One cup of blueberries has 7.4 grams of fructose, so if you limit your intake of fructose from other sources, you can eat a cup of blueberries a day and still be well within the healthy limits and not get a stomach ache!

So when people ask why I made a blueberry peanut butter. Because I’m from Michigan, and in the summer, blueberries are what it’s all about!

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