Shopping the Farmers Market: Think Greens

Think Greens!

Grab your basket! It’s the season for local farmers markets and all the farm-to-table goodness they have to offer. When shopping, think beyond the usual popular leafy greens and meet some new nutritional powerhouses. 

‘Tis the season for ripe pickins’ and fresh-off-the-farm goods! As you’re shopping your next farmers market, keep greens in mind. But which leafy greens contain the most nutrients and how are they best prepared? We have suggestions for a few of our favorites.

So grab your basket, check out this online list of local markets and get green!

Think Greens!Collard Greens

Popular in Southern dishes, this green is loaded with vitamins A and C. In fact, one cup of cooked collard greens contains 250 percent of the daily value of vitamin A!

Serving suggestion: Try them with other veggies in a stir-fry or sauté in extra-virgin olive oil with onion and garlic for a flavorful side.

Think Greens!Watercress

This mild-tasting green is packed with beta carotene and vitamin K, two compounds linked to healthy skin. It also contains PEITC (phenylethyl isothiocyanate) which research suggests can fight cancer.
Serving suggestion: Add raw, crisp watercress to salads and sandwiches for a nutritional boost.

Think Greens!Parsley

More than just a garnish, parsley is packed with vitamins K and C as well as iron. It can also promote eye health since it contains vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Serving suggestion: Parsley has a sharp and slightly peppery taste, a flavorful addition to salads and soups. As a bonus, this herb is easy to grow indoors with limited space.

Think Greens!Red and Green Leaf Lettuce

While this lettuce may be common and unsuspecting, it is an excellent replacement for traditional iceberg lettuce.  One cup of leaf lettuce contains more than half of your daily vitamin K, which supports strong, healthy bones.

Serving suggestion: Mild in flavor, leaf lettuce can be used in salads and sandwiches.

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