Health & Wellness: Here's what's in season — and why it matters – Daily Herald

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We’re used to walking into the grocery store at any time of year and seeing apples, bananas, lettuce and broccoli — winter, summer, fall, spring, doesn’t matter. Those staples are always there! But not too long ago, you could only access produce that was in season. Are we missing out on the benefits of that lifestyle?
“Eating seasonally helps promote nutritious meals and supports a healthy environment,” according to Dan Brennan, MD, at WebMD.com. “For example, strawberries grown in the summer time — their natural season — are more nutritious and flavorful than strawberries grown in the winter time.”
Seasonal eating also encourages you to vary your diet, so you get vitamins and minerals you wouldn’t get if you just ate the same small group of fruits and vegetables year-round. And since seasonal produce tastes better, you’re more likely to keep up your healthy habits of eating fresh produce.
Keep reading to learn what’s about to be in season in Utah, some recipes you can make with these ingredients and where to find them. Enjoy all the seasonal produce Utah County has to offer!
According to thespruceeats.com, there are lots of delicious fruits, vegetables and legumes in season in late summer in Utah. Here are a few:
The internet is filled with recipes your family will love making together using these fruits and vegetables. Here are two dinner recipes and a dessert to consider:
Apricot Chicken with Green Beans
Gather the following ingredients:
You’ll follow these basic steps to put the recipe together:
1. Marinate the apricots.
2. Brown the chicken in butter and olive oil.
3. Sauté the onions and add the chicken stock.
4. Purée a portion of the apricots to add to the sauce.
5. Simmer the sauce and add the chicken for five minutes.
6. Serve the dish with rice or egg noodles and a side of green beans prepared to your liking.
Head over to Simply Recipes for more details!
Shelling Beans and Roasted Peppers
To prepare the beans, combine 1 cup of shelled beans, 1 quart of water, two garlic cloves, your favorite herbs and a pinch of baking soda. Simmer over low heat until the beans are tender (about 30 minutes). Drain and set aside.
To prepare the peppers, place a whole pepper directly on your gas burner or grill set to high. Turn the pepper continually until the skin is charred. Set aside while it cools. Remove the charred skin, open it up and remove the seeds, then slice into strips.
Add the peppers, some sautéed onions and sausage or chicken to the beans to complete the meal.
Visit Darthia Farm for more ideas.
Peach and Blackberry Cobbler
Combine the following ingredients and set aside:
Coat the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with a ½ cup of melted butter.
Combine these ingredients (dry ingredients first) and pour batter into prepared baking dish:
Spread the fruit mixture over the batter and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the cobbler is golden brown.
Visit allrecipes for more details.
Now that you know Utah’s late-summer seasonal produce, where can you go to get it? If you can, take advantage of our local farmers markets, which are only open this time of year. Besides getting delicious, fresh products, you can feel good about the impact you’ll have on the community, too.
As the Sunset Farmers Market missions statement says, “Our mission is to bring together local farmers, food artisans, and small businesses with the community to encourage a healthy lifestyle while boosting the local economy by supplying access to local produce, bread, eggs, honey, natural products, art, and more.”
Sunset Farmers Market has three locations:
Lindon
Springville
Orem
If you’re not located near the Sunset Farmers Markets, there are several other great markets throughout the valley for you to check out:
Midway Farmers Market
Provo Farmers Market
Spanish Fork Farmers Market
Eagle Mountain Farmers Market
West Mountain Farmers Market
Late summer is a beautiful season for fresh, Utah-grown produce. Consider heading to a local farmers market if you can, or simply add a few of these seasonal fruits and vegetables to your list next time you head to the store! Then enjoy homemade meals using these fresh ingredients. Happy seasonal eating!
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