We love fall fruits, and Frecon Farms has been offering the most beautiful apples and pears the past few weeks. In addition to being delicious, and one of the easiest snacks ever, scientists are increasingly learning more about the health benefits of apples. This month's Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter states "While it's been well-established that increased fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with decreased risk of many diseases, research is now exploring the specific mechanisms behind the apple's protective effects. Apples are high in phenolic acids and flavonoid compounds - phytonutrients that may protect against cell and DNA damage ... In the laboratory, these compounds have been found to inhibit growth of cancer cells, decrease lipid oxidation and lower choleserol." And don't peel your apples - the peel is the source of the phytonutrients as well as much of the fiber!
Apples and pears add a sweet crunch to salads, and are delicious with a grilled cheese sandwich on a nutty, whole-grain bread. And of course, they are always tasty baked into desserts, muffins and the like. If you are not a baker, our own AndyB will do the work for you! He will be at the market tomorrow with a full line-up of fall treats featuring apples, pears and pumpkin.
With November around the corner our thoughts turn to a favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Try making your Thanksgiving celebration more sustainable this year by incorporating local foods from the farmers' market, such as potatos, sweet potatos, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, onions, pumpkins, breads, desserts, lettuces, cheeses and apples. And most importantly - the turkey! Both Canter Hill Farm and Livengood's are taking orders for locally-raised, organic turkeys. Get your order in now to ensure you'll have the best tasting turkey ever for your family to enjoy.
The Bryn Mawr Farmers Market will continue to be open through November 20th. We'll see you on Saturday!