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Fresh Finds: Celebrating Spring’s Bounty with Seasonal Produce

Welcome to the vibrant world of spring produce, where every trip to The Market is an adventure waiting to happen! As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, it’s time to celebrate the bounty of delicious fruits and veggies that spring brings our way. From juicy apricots to zesty limes, and everything in between, our produce aisle is bursting with vibrant colors and flavors just waiting to tantalize your taste buds.

But we know that picking out the perfect produce can sometimes feel like a daunting task. That’s why we’re here to help! Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you’re selecting the freshest, tastiest fruits and veggies:

Look for vibrant colors: When choosing produce, opt for items that are bright and vibrant in color. This often indicates ripeness and freshness. For example, look for deep green broccoli or bright yellow lemons.

Check for firmness: Give your fruits and veggies a gentle squeeze to check for firmness. They should feel firm to the touch but not too hard or too soft. This is especially important for items like avocados and apricots.

Sniff it out: Don’t be afraid to give your produce a sniff! Fresh fruits and veggies should have a pleasant, natural aroma. If something smells off or overly ripe, it may be best to pass on it.

Consider seasonality: Take advantage of what’s in season! Seasonal produce is often at its peak freshness and flavor, so be sure to look for items that are in season during the spring months.

With each season offering its own bounty, there’s always something new to discover at The Market. Below you will find a list of some of the spring produce awaiting you in our aisles!

Cooking With Heart: A Recipe for American Heart Month

February is a month of love, and what better way to express love than by taking care of your heart? In honor of American Heart Month, we invite you to try this recipe that is not just a feast for the taste buds but a celebration of heart health. This recipe features succulent salmon with a delightfully refreshing citrus ginger honey glaze. So, join us in celebrating love and heart health this February, and let your shopping experience be a loving step toward prioritizing your well-being.

Citrus Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon with Whole Grain Rice and Sugar Snap Peas

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (peeled, grated)
    OR
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 clove fresh garlic (minced)
    OR
  • 1 teaspoon jarred, minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tsp fresh or jarred lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil (or 6-8 leaves) chopped
    OR
  • basil
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless salmon (cut into 4 – 4 oz. filets)
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 cup fresh sugar snap peas
  • 8 lemons (thinly sliced)
  • aluminum foil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450° F. In a large bowl, combine ginger, garlic, vegetable oil, soy sauce, honey, lemon juice and basil and add fish. Marinate in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Prepare rice according to instructions on package, excluding any salt or oil.

Cut 8 pieces of aluminum foil; wide enough to fit one piece of salmon and ½ cup of snap peas.

Remove fish from marinade and discard remaining marinade. Arrange lemon slices on top and bottom of fish filet. Place one fish filet and half of snap peas together on one piece of parchment. Cover with another piece of foil and tightly fold together top and bottom edges of foil to create a seal to the steaming pouch. Repeat for second portion. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Carefully cut open pouch and remove contents. Put salmon and snap peas over rice and serve.

The original recipe can be found here.

New Year, New Pantry: A Guide to Stocking Up on Healthy Staples at The Market

As the new year unfolds, there’s no better time to revitalize your kitchen and embrace a healthier lifestyle. At The Market, we’re excited to guide you on a journey of transforming your pantry into a hub of nourishment and wellness. Join us as we explore the essential steps to stocking up on wholesome staples that will elevate your cooking and support your well-being.

The Essentials

Kickstart your pantry makeover by focusing on foundational items that form the basis of nutritious meals. From whole grains and legumes to heart-healthy oils, The Market is here to ensure your pantry is packed with goodness.

Fresh Produce

If you’ve been here a while, you know we like to boast about our vibrant and abundantly stocked produce section at The Market. Beyond its visual appeal, it’s worth noting that, as you’re already aware, fruits and vegetables serve as essential nutrient powerhouses for a wholesome diet. On your next grocery run, make it a mission to fill your cart with a variety of different colors. From vibrant reds of ripe tomatoes, to the lush greens of crisp spinach, and the sunny yellows of sweet bell peppers – The Market has everything you need to create a rainbow on your plate! 

Smart Snacking

Indulge your snack cravings without the guilt! We all know that sometimes the snack attack hits, but here at The Market, we’re flipping the script – snacking doesn’t have to be an indulgence; it can be a source of nourishment. From nutrient-packed nuts and seeds to wholesome crackers and dips, we have snacks that transform your munching moments into delicious and nutritious experiences.

From our bountiful produce section that bursts with colors to the nutrient-packed snacks that redefine indulgence, your journey to a well-stocked and wholesome pantry begins here at The Market!

Spring at The Market

What once was white, let’s now turn green! After the harsh and long winters, we inevitably get excited for the season change. Spring brings warmer air, budding trees, longer days, and of course, a new harvest! So, what fruit and vegetables can we see coming into spring harvest? Below, we list 5 of our favorite foods that are more plentiful in spring and their nutritional factors:

Arugula

Arugula is rich in nutrients and low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fat. It’s high in several vital nutrients including: Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that supports immune function, cell growth, overall eye health, and night vision. It also helps maintain heart, lung and kidney function.

Like most tender greens, arugula is perishable and needs to be used within a few days of purchase. Our tip is to look for crips leaves with no moisture

Mushrooms

Feeling sick? Eat a mushroom. Throughout history, civilizations have treasured mushrooms as a source of strength and healing. The average American eats nearly three pounds of mushrooms a year, according to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center. Mushrooms contain health-boosting vitamins and minerals, along with protein and fiber. For example, one cup of cremini mushrooms has only 15 calories, but 2 grams of protein and nearly 1 gram of fiber.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb has more benefits than being in a pie (though we can all agree it might be the best way to have it). Rhubarb is rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins (which give it its red color) and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, which help protect you from many health-related issues such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes

Sprouts

These tiny morsels provide BIG nutrition. Sprouts are rich in a number of important nutrients. While the specific ratio of nutrients varies depending on the type of sprout, they generally contain high levels of folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin K. In fact, they have higher amounts of these nutrients than fully-grown versions of the same plants.

Turnips

Ahh, the turnip, the potatoes’ cousin. Turnips are a fantastic alternative for potatoes and are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium, and copper. A very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. The turnip greens are a super food and packed with nutrients.