Kombucha

Go wild with kombucha

Originally published in The Journal on July 27, 2017. Kombucha is one of the fastest growing popular health drinks on the market these days, but why all the hype? Kombucha is a fermented black or green tea infused with sugar and natural flavors. Because it is fermented, kombucha provides many probiotics, which are the good […]

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes: What a history

Originally published in The Journal on July 13, 2017. Don’t ya know, Minnesota can grow tomatoes! Heirloom tomatoes are a farmer’s market staple around the country, but Jeff Nistler, owner of Nistler Farms and a vendor at the Mill City Farmers Market, is perfecting the crop for Minnesota’s cold climate. Jeff has constructed several high-tunnel […]

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Healthy Food in Disguise

Originally published in The Journal on June 14, 2017. By Mackenzie Peterson, Meet Your Vegetables Intern Summer is the perfect time to take a fresh spin on some comfort food favorites. Pasta can be one of those comfort foods that you just do not want to give up, but what if you didn’t have to? […]

Swiss Chard

All About Swiss Chard

Swiss chard, also known as Rainbow Chard and Silverbeet and botanically known as Betula vulgaris subsp vulgaris, is a leafy green originally found in the Mediterranean saline soils of Greece and Italy. The plant’s “Swiss” lineage is a complicated misnomer due to nineteenth century botanists and gardeners confusing the crop with other plants, such as […]

Sweet Potatoes

Top 5 Sweet Potato Recipes for Winter

February 22 is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day! Did you know that in 1943 Americans ate an average of 21.5 pounds of sweet potatoes each year and now we only eat about 4 pounds per year? Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin […]

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How To Eat Local All Season

By: Mallory Franklin, MCFM Nutrition Liaison & Moriah Maternoski The seasons are changing and the crisp feeling of fall is in the air. The time for bonfires, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice flavored everything is here! It is a beautiful time of the year, but fall also signifies the coming of winter–a time that most local […]

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All About Bone Broth!

MCFM PATRON: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH? AND WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET IT OR PREPARE IT? MCFM Nutrition Liaison: Bone broth is an excellent way to extend your dollar. Boiling bones renders nutrients from the bone that you would otherwise not have access to. When boiling bones, you soften the bone […]

Brain Food

Food For Thought

By: Mallory Franklin, MCFM Nutrition Liaison How often do you stop and really appreciate all the things your brain does for you? We live such busy lives, and our brains not only keep up with us, but keep us breathing and moving, literally! While you are rushing around, your brain will make sure your lungs […]

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Listen to Your Gut: Fermented Foods

By: Christina Petsoulis, 2015 Meet Your Vegetables Intern What’s a Fermented Food Product? What’d your gut tell you this morning? Whether you listened or not, it probably rumbled to be fed a bowl full of lactic acid-fermenting bacteria, or what consumers like to call yogurt. From yogurt and cheese to sauerkraut and kimchi, we consume food products […]

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Healthy Kids

Authored by: Gail Anderson, RD, U of MN Public Health Nutrition student It is important for kids to have healthy role models. When kids see their parents and siblings eating healthy, they are much more likely to eat healthy themselves. Kids who eat a variety of foods are more likely to enjoy mealtime and they […]

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Amazing Antioxidants

Authored by: Gail Anderson, RD, U of MN Public Health Nutrition student You may have heard that antioxidants are healthy. But, what exactly are they, and how can you get them in your diet? Having a diet rich in antioxidants may not be as complicated as you think. Antioxidants include vitamins A, vitamin C, vitamin […]

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Gluten-Free Goodies at the MILL

Authored by: Gail Anderson, RD and UMN Nutrition student The Mill City Farmer’s Market offers a variety of gluten-free products. Gluten-free products are beneficial for people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat allergies. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. When people with celiac disease eat gluten, it sets off a response that causes damage […]

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Apples

Authored by Jenna Carter, UMN Public Health Graduate Student Did you know that there are over twenty varieties of locally grown apples to choose from in Minnesota!? And many are now available at the Mills City Farmers Market! When choosing your apples, look for those that are rich in color (this varies depending on the […]

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WIC’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Written by Andrea Kemple, University of Minnesota Nutrition Student People who purchase their foods from local farmers’ markets know at least one of the benefits of such a decision.  Maybe this purchasing decision is based on the fact that food purchased locally is fresher and more nutritious than store-bought food, or the fact that buying […]

Increasing Fruit and Vegetables

8 Tips for Increasing Fruit and Vegetables in Your Diet

Eating the recommended number of servings for fruits and vegetables can seem like a daunting task. The number of servings each person needs depends on his/her calorie needs. Check out www.choosemyplate.gov/ for more information on this. Getting in your fruits and vegetables each day may be easier than you think! So, what exactly is a serving? […]