You’ve loaded up your market basket with fresh veggies and fruits, but what to do with the bounty once you get home? Starting on Sat., June 9, the North City Farmers’ Market is bringing back its cooking demonstrations, which will take place on the second Saturdays of every month through October and feature on-site samples and take-home recipe cards. St. Louis-area food bank Operation Food Search is partnering with the market to put on the demos.
The market promotes community health by offering affordable, fresh produce, health screenings and healthy cooking demonstrations. Cooking Matters, a program of Operation Food Search, teaches people how to cook nutritious, low-cost foods at home – like the Citrus Kale Salad that Operation Food Search chef Brittany Crump will demonstrate this Saturday.
Kale falls into the category of super-nutritious foods, with high concentrations of anti-oxidant vitamins and phytonutrients, lots of good fiber and trace minerals. “Any kind of kale works with this salad,” Crump says of the one she’ll be demonstrating on Saturday. “It’s a flexible recipe. We’ll make the salad with chopped mango, but you can substitute other fruit like pineapple or oranges, even mandarin oranges. The lemon-vinaigrette dressing sets off the flavors of the kale and the fruits.”
Interim market master Michelle Wiegand says she enjoys having chefs at the market and is looking forward to Saturday’s demonstration: “Part of our mission is to show how to prepare nutritious foods. I’ll learn, too. I know kale is healthy, but I’m not familiar with it.”
“What’s great about this market is how it grew from within the community,” she adds. “It succeeds because of community support. Not only do residents buy the produce, but each week, they set up the tents. Volunteers run booths for farmers who can provide produce but not the manpower to sell it. Every year, market vendors and attendance grows.”
Located in Old North St. Louis at the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and N. 14th Street (and across from Crown Candy Kitchen), the North City Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 9am to noon from now through Sat., Oct. 13.
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