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What to do with all that Zucchini?

Find Local Food, Kelly Wilson, Recipes

You’ve made all the zucchini bread and muffins your stomach can handle and your zucchini plant continues to grow fruits the size of your leg overnight. Beside ding-dong-ditching the abundance on your neighbors’ front porches, what else is there to do with the plethora of squash? Fortunately, a lot! Save your relationship with your neighbors, and try one of these tips or recipes instead:

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Ricotta Panna Cotta : Cool & Sophisticated

Emma Beauchamp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Recipes

Panna Cotta is Italian for “cooked cream.” This delicious dessert is incredibly easy to make in advance. It provides the perfect back drop to any soft, seasonal fruit you have, such as peaches & plums, raspberries & blueberries, etc. It’s cool. It’s refreshing. It’s the perfect summer time dessert.

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Summer Spaghetti with Pea Shoot Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes

Bailey Samp, Find Local Food, Recipes

Here is one of my favorite quick and easy recipes to enjoy during the Summer. I always try to make pea shoot pesto in the early Spring and freeze it for easy Summer dishes. This recipe can also be enjoyed as a cold pasta salad on a hot Summer day. Add fresh microgreens as a garnish and pack a picnic basket along with a bottle of local white wine before hitting the beach!

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Ready, Set, Grill! Summertime Grilled Vegetables

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Health, Local Ingredients, Paula Martin, Recipes

Summer grilling is in full swing!  Local vegetables are ready to join the picnic.

Here are our favorite vegetables to throw on the grill:

squash Carrots
 Cauliflower
 Corn
 Eggplant
 Garlic
 Green Beans
 Mushrooms
 Onions
 Peppers
 Summer squash & zucchini
• Potatoes
• Asparagus

Grilling vegetables is a good way to meet your daily vegetable intake goals or event go meat free at the next family barbecue. Find these veggies at a farmers market near you.

The National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, has identified that a high consumption of well-done, barbecued meats is associated with an increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer due to the formation of harmful chemicals when they are cooked.  Fruits and vegetables do not pose the same risk when grilled as long as you avoid charring by:

• Soaking wooden skewers in water to prevent burning kabobs;
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Using a grill basket to prevent small pieces from falling, which may cause flare-ups; &
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Staying attentive to the grill while cooking.

One of my favorite things to swap into the menu during the summer is this easy grilled sandwich when I’m ready for a break from the traditional BBQ fare. It’s high in dietary fiber,  Vitamins A & C, and good source of protein- PLUS it is filling & tastes great!

Grilled Vegetable Sub Sandwich: (makes one serving)

½  sweet bell pepper (green, red, yellow) ¼ purple eggplant, skin on

¼ small summer squash, like zucchini, skin on 1 tbs. balsamic and olive oil dressing

¼ small onion, peeled 1 large Kaiser Roll or sandwich bun

1 slice provolone cheese (optional) olive oil, for lightly brushing  

Cut the vegetables in uniform sizes. Lightly brush with olive oil. Place in a grill basket. Grill on low to medium heat until wilted or fork tender. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, toss with the TLD recommended The Redhead’s balsamic vinaigrette. Place vegetables (as many as can fit) on the Kaiser Roll and top with provolone cheese. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Cal 442 , Fat 23g, Sat Fat 5g, Carb 46g, Dietary Fiber 7g, Pro 14g, Vit A 40% DV, Vit C 136% DV, Calcium 17%

Paula Martin is the Community Health Coordinator for TLD and a registered dietitian. Contact here at health@localdifference.org

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Berry Sweet: Fragaria ananassa (aka strawberry)

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Health, Kelly Wilson, Recipes

Strawberry season is here! Strawberry season is here! In Michigan, farmers produce over 46,000 pounds of these juicy berries between early June and, weather depending, mid-July. Some growers are extending the normal strawberry season by planting into hoop houses (aka high tunnels or passive solar greenhouses) and by growing everbearing varieties.

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Healthy Habits Sprouting at Platte River Head Start!

Find Local Food, Get Involved, Health, Marissa Natzke, Recipes

The Head Start classrooms over at Platte River in Benzie County are instilling healthy habits in kids with help from Taste the Local Difference (TLD). Through the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) grant, this partnership is using funds to incorporate nutrition education into the Head Start curriculum. Kim Micham and Debra Rafferty at Platte River Head Start are working closely with Paula Martin, Registered Dietitian and Community Health Coordinator at Taste the Local Difference. Together, they’re creating healthy snack options that have less sodium, less sugar, more fiber, and more fruits and veggies. But, they’re not just serving up healthier options – they’re also empowering kids and their families to make healthier choices.

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Everything Rhubarb

Emma Beauchamp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Recipes, Spring

I am a rhubarb fanatic. I’ll eat it straight from the bush, in a pie, in a cocktail, however I can. Rhubarb is such a striking vegetable– those ruby red stalks erupting from the ground topped with their poisonous green foliage (don’t eat those!). Finding these stalks at the farmers market is one of my favorite signs of spring. 

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Pickled Radishes and Pestoed Radish Tops

Emma Beauchamp, Find Local Food, Recipes, Spring

Sweet spring is finally here. Farmers markets are brimming with greens, radishes, ramps, mushrooms, and so much more. With all of this choice available, after a loonnng winter, it’s easy to get a little over enthusiastic and fill your fridge to the brim. By condensing veggie tops into pesto and pickling veggies, you can both extend their season as well as save room in the fridge. Here are some recipes that work well with, but are not limited to radishes.