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Who knew cucumbers could have so many uses?!

Here are some amazing cucumber facts that are definitely inspiring me to grab a few cukes July 18 at the market:

  1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
  2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and carbs that can provide a quick pick-me-up.
  3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
  4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your garden? Place a few cute slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
  5. Want a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going to the pool? Rub a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!
  6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!
  7. Do you have an important meeting but no time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
  8. Want to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
  9. Feeling stressed? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
  10. Out of breath mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
  11. Need a ‘green’ way to clean your taps, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
  12. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

Finding peace, one piece at a time…

Meet the talented Potter, Dinah.

Dinah, Centered Peace Ceramics, uses pottery to help with her compound PTSD. That’s why the back of her business cards say “finding peace one piece at a time”. Says Dinah, “Pottery is something I can only do when I am in a good place. Every piece is made with a purposeful sense of peace and joy.”

Explains Dinah, “I also like to use crystals and gold because they have positive energy. Nature is beautiful all on its own and I’ve been fortunate enough to learn an ancient craft of working with clay and making art that can be functional or just decorative that could last for thousands of years. The world is a place filled with pain and angry people. I try to bring a little more love and peace into through my pottery.”

Dinah first discovered the world of pottery 21 years ago. She studied for about 4-5 months, and, then wasn’t able to do it again for 17 years. After some big life changes Dinah returned to the potters wheel practicing for many hours every day. Fast forward about 3 and 1/2 years and she has learned so much.

There’s always more to learn but, says Dinah, “I put a lot of love into my art. Each piece is unique because I refuse to be a machine and I allow the clay to become what it wants to be many times.”

We are thrilled to have her back at the market July 11. Come see Dinah’s amazing artistry.

What Are Garlic Scapes?

At our farmers market you can find amazing produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, garlic scapes, and more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet. Plus, meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.

So, let’s answer that question: What are garlic scapes? Garlic scapes are the tender stem and flower bud of a hardneck garlic plant. (Hardneck garlic is the kind of garlic that typically grows in Canada and the northeastern U.S.) Scapes first grow straight out of the garlic bulb, then coil. When harvested, they look like long, curly green beans.

What do they taste like?
Garlic scapes taste like a unique blend of onion, scallion and garlic. However, scapes are usually less fiery and have a fresher, “greener” taste than the actual garlic bulbs. The texture is similar to that of asparagus.

Get a free cocktail and then shop the market! We double your SNAP/EBT. Swipe your card at the entrance booth. Bring 5 friends and get a $15 market gift card, valid at any vendor booth!