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15 August 2016

Recipes for the farmer's market
 Three weeks into the month and we are officially embracing all that the month of August has to offer. We have been keeping up with the Rio Olympics, been back-to-school shopping, had a few pool days, took part in an afternoon picnic, and consumed tons of fresh vegetables from local farms.
 
AFC HQ loves colorful fruits, vegetables, and healthy homemade dishes. Therefore, we have come up with some tips for a day at your local farmer's market from start to finish. Here we go!
 
Heading Out: Before you head out to your farmer's market, (often local markets are posted around town, in the local newspaper as well as social media) you'll need to bring a few items. Take a list. It helps if you have a recipe(s) in mind before venturing out so you know what items to look for.  Bring a few cloth bags. This way, you'll be eco-chic, and able to carry all your items easily.
 
Arriving: Once you arrive at the market, you'll be bombarded with so many sites and smells. Try to group your shopping. For example, start with picking your fruit, then veggies, cheeses, breads, pastries, and finish with the flower section. This way, you'll be able to keep your items at their peek freshness.
 
Chat with a Farmer: Striking up a conversation with the local grower behind their individual stand is a must-do! Ask them questions about their products. You can even pick their brains for recipes. In the French culture, the French make longtime friends with their butchers and local grocers. As they build a relationship, they often get better picks of produce, meat, and cooking tips. Certainly, Americans can do this too when browsing the farm stands.
 
Returning Home: After you have purchased everything on your list, you'll want to head home to keep your produce and flowers fresh. Heat and humidity aren't friends to your berries and tomatoes.  Be sure to carefully wash and put away your produce purchases until you're ready to whip up an awesome cucumber salad or make a moist carrot cake.
 
Get to Baking/Cooking: We chose a Zucchini Bread recipe to share because it can be eaten as a snack or accompany your morning coffee. Yum!
 
Here is what you'll need:
 
  • 3 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cups chopped nuts-walnuts or pecans
To make:
 
  1. Pam and flour two 8 x 4 pans and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, salt, and nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon, and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine oil, eggs, water, zucchini, and lemon juice.
  4. Mix wet ingredients by folding into the dry ingredients and slowly stir in the nuts.
  5. Separate mixture into two greased loaf pans and cook for 1 hour.
  Have you been out to your local farmer's market this summer? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @allforcolor to share what you picked up!

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