Enjoy the abundance of fall at the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square

Fall squash is plentiful at the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square

Fall is a wonderful time to cook and your first stop should be the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square. There are soups, stews, and roasts which can be made from pasture-raised meats from the market, and hearty fall vegetables, such as squash, broccoli, potatoes, onions and cauliflower. Baking with nutritious apples is a wonderful way to celebrate the harvest.

Here’s a simple recipe which uses many ingredients available at the farmers market during September and October:

Fall Vegetable Stir-Fry

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 lg. onion, thinly sliced

2 carrots, sliced

1 sweet red pepper, chopped

1 medium head of broccoli, chopped

1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

2 c. cooked vermicelli

In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil. (For the best crisp-tender stir-fry, use high heat.) Add the onions and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the carrots, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and garlic. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce and vinegar. Pour over the vegetables. Add the vermicelli and toss.

Think healthy! Quick, seasonal recipes like those above are a great for feeding your body’s natural rhythm, in tune with the earth and fall. 

One of the healthiest foods, as recommended by the famous Dr. Oz, is available every week at the market at Shaker Square: eggs. According to Dr. Oz, eggs are a good source of protein and antioxidants that protect bones and muscles, even those in the brain which may lessen the chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.  Dr. Oz recommends boiling a half-dozen eggs in the beginning of the week and eating one a day for optimum health. Eggs sold at the market are free-range and fed a vegetarian diet, high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and the taste is superior to other eggs.

The North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square is held every Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. through Dec. 17. North Union now accepts SNAP/EBT benefits at the market. Stop by the Market Information Tent for details. In addition, the market participates in the EBT Incentive Program of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition. SNAP recipients who spend $5 or more will receive an additional $5 to spend at the market on eligible items. Customers are eligible to receive this incentive each week they visit the market.

Donita Anderson

Donita Anderson is the executive director of North Union Farmers Market, a nonprofit that champions the local foods of Northeast Ohio and promotes their environmental, economic and health benefits by connecting certified producers with consumers through a network of markets.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:37 PM, 10.17.2011