Chelsea Farmers Market: September 7th, 2013

Back to School! 


Healthy Bag Lunches for Kids (and Adults)

Packing a healthy lunch can be a challenge, whether you’re just going back to school this week, or you’ve been out of school a long time.  Either way, the farmers market has some easy tips to making the middle meal both satisfying and nutritious. Check out our healthy lunch staples below:

Quinoa Shaker Salad

(Courtesy of Callie Gavorek, Market Intern and Executive Chef’s Assistant at Eastern Michigan University)
This recipe is high in heart healthy monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, high in protein and high in fiber, due primarily to the grain quinoa, healthy nuts and lots of fruits and vegetables.  This dish can also be made gluten-free and nut-free for allergy sufferers.

1/2 curp cooked White Quinoa
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
1/2 cup cooked Edamame
1/2 cup cooked Red Quinoa
1/2 cup cooked Green Peas
1/2 cup Currants
1/2 cup Green Onion, chopped
1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped
4 tbsp Gluten-Free Balsamic Dressing

Directions: Combine all ingredients except dressing. Add dressing before serving, in a sealed container – shake and enjoy.

Roasted Vegetable Wrap

(Courtesy of Prescription for Health Staff. Washtenaw County Public Health)
Roasting vegetables concentrates their sugars, improving flavors and texture for picky kids.  With the addition of calcium and protein through low-fat cheese, this wrap is sure to please.

1 medium red pepper, cut into 1″ wide sliversRoasted Veggie Wrap
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4″ slices lengthwise
2 medium plum tomatoes, halved
1 medium onion, quartered
4 teaspoons olive oil
Nonstick cooking spray
Dried herbs, such as basil, thyme, parsley, marjoram, etc.
4 oz light cheese (we recommend crumbled feta or ricotta from Greystone Creamery)
4 tortillas (whole wheat if possible)
Handful of fall greens (spinach or arugula)

1.  Turn over to 375 degrees
2.  Line a roasting pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray or brush lightly with oil.
3.  Brush vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle on desired herbs
4.  Place vegetable in a single layer on roasting pan.
5.  Bake until vegetable are lighlty browned and tender, about 20 minutes.
6.  Divide vegetable among tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, add some greens, wrap and enjoy
7.  For lunches, make the night before and then tightly wrap in tin foil , then put in a plastic bag to prevent leaking.


We are happy to accept three new programs at the Chelsea Farmers Market:
Prescription for Health (starting July 16th), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as Bridge Cards), and Double Up Food Bucks (July to October).


For more information on Prescription for Health: Visit Faith in Action and the Prescription for Health websites!  We’ll have healthy market recipes available to inspire you as you fulfill your Prescription for Health goals.You can also visit the market information table for specifics on the programs!


Musicy by Bob Skon starts at 10:00 am

Today is the Annual Homegrown Festival, a celebration of our local food providers, centered in Ann Arbor at the Downtown Farmers Market from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.  Please stop by the information tent for more details!
Homegrown Festival Website
 Market Veggies

     Tips on Packing Healthy Lunches  


By Kathleen Parenta, Director of Communications of the American Heart Association 

When packing a healthy lunch, try choosing from the rainbow of foods in your supermarket’s produce department. Include foods that are red (red peppers, apples, tomatoes), orange (carrots, peaches), green (salad, celery sticks) and choose foods from the different food groups.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded in 2005 with the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, suggests including one serving of vegetables or salad and one serving of fruit (fresh, canned or dried all count); one serving of a low-fat or fat-free milk or dairy item such as a low-fat cheese stick, a yogurt cup or some cottage cheese; plus one serving of meat, chicken, fish, eggs, peanut butter, beans or another protein source.

Pack healthy drinks such as water, low-fat milk or 100 percent juice with no added sugar. Beverage boxes frozen the night before can keep a lunchbox cool until lunchtime. Cut out the soda and energy drinks. These are filled with sugar, empty calories and provide little or no nutrition.

Sandwiches can be made on whole wheat bread, pita, wraps or flatbreads. Traditional luncheon meats are high in fat and sodium. When choosing luncheon meats, pick lean meats such as turkey, ham or leftover chicken breast. Use reduced fat mayo or salad dressing or mustard to dress a sandwich and top with mixed greens or spinach for extra nutrients.


Not the same old sandwich

Pack hummus with fresh veggies and whole wheat pita triangles or flatbreads for dipping. Hummus is a good low-fat protein source and is high in iron and vitamin C. Or try low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese with carrots, cherry tomatoes, fresh berries, or melon for a calcium-rich, high-protein lunch.

Salads topped with lean protein such as hard-boiled eggs, beans or chicken are a great alternative to sandwiches and they help get kids on track with their daily vegetable servings. In a hurry? Buy bags of lettuce or precut carrots or make extra salad for dinner then pack the leftovers for lunch the next dayRead more:


What can you find at the farmers market to fill a healthy lunchbox this week?

We suggest:

  • Fresh fruit from Kapnick Orchards
  • Hummus from Mama Mofoods
  • Whole grain breads by Stone Hearth Breads & Bakery and Kapp Bakery
  • Peppers, carrots, tomatoes and squash from all our produce vendors
  • Flavored nuts from Janet’s LLC and more!


New Vendor Offerings this Week:
Seasonal Vendors

New product highlights:
 The new items from Tantre are Easter egg radishes, Napa cabbage, tatsoi, and an onion called “Red Long of Tropea”, and the new items from Kapnick’s are flaming fury peaches, nectarines, white peaches, prune plums, Gala, McIntosh, Ginger Gold and Paula Red apples.maybe bartlett pears

Ingredient for In-Season Recipe

Back Forty Acres:  Meats / Poultry / Eggs, all raised naturally
Beverly’s Crafts and More:  Pillows, baked goods, body cream, soap, granola, tarts and pies – newest addition is strawberry cheesecake in a jar!
Chandra June:  Raw gemstone jewelry
Frog Hollar Farms:  Produce, home-baked breads and cakes, crafts, cut flowers, and more
fresh:  Locally roasted coffee beans.  We appreciate the patience over the last few weeks as we have been tweaking our product with our new roaster! Our roasts are more consistent than ever, which allows us to target each beans flavor profile! With two new organic and fair trade coffees, Guatemalan and Timor, we have a bean for every coffee lover! Come check us out and save money by signing up for our customer loyalty program!
Greystone Farm & Creamery:  Cream cheeses, camembert style cheeses, *feta, and gouda, and manchego style cheeses from the sheep’s milk.
H & H Sugarbush:  Maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy, maple nuts, popcorn (not here this week)
Heim Gardens:  Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, planters, produce (carrots, summer squash, onions, snap peas)
Kapnick Farms: Flaming fury peaches, nectarines, white peaches, prune plums, Gala, McIntosh, Ginger Gold and Paula Red apples.maybe bartlett pears
Greystone Creamery: feta, possibly ricotta, Man-chel cheese, possibly cow Gouda, Chelsea-cam, Rosy-cam, blue Man-chel, sheep Gouda, butternut, garlic pepper and plain cream cheese.
La Baguette:  French breads and baked goods
Janet’s LLC: grilling rubs, jam, flavored nuts, suckers, cajun butter, spices to make flavored butter, U-M and MSU dolls, and greeting cards.
Mama Mo: hummus and seitan. Hummus flavors include ginger squash, tan/cran orange, sesame chive satay, kalamata rosemary, black pepper walnut, roasted pepper, horseradish, roasted garlic, traditional, lemon zest, curry lime, tomato basil, onion dill, roasted beet, wasabi, jalapeno, chipotle. Seitan flavors include: nuggets, traditional, fajita strips, Italian fennel sausage, breakfast sage sausage, vegan BBQ, BBQ, roast.
Merkel Gardens & Greenhouses:  Hanging baskets, flats and produce (tomatoes, greens, onions)

Myer’s Blackberry Farm:  Blackberries (their in!), raspberries, jams and vegetables
Ruhlig’s Produce:  Wide variety of vegetables and cut flower
Stone Hearth Breads and Bakery: pumpernickel, German rye and German rye seeded, Italian Milano, honey whole wheat, San Francisco sourdough, assorted cookies and buns, four-cheese pepperoni rolls, spinach feta cheese bread, multi-grain bread, country loaf, cheese bread, rosemary herb and tomato basil bread, four-cheese bread sticks, jalapeno cheese bread and assorted sweet breads — including cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, strawberry white chocolate, peach pecan, wild blueberry cream cheese, Reuben rolls, and bacon cheddar beer bread.
Tantre Farm:  Organic Produce:Arugula, Beets (Chioggia – bulls eye, red), Blackberries, Broccoli, Cabbage (Green, Napa, Red) , Carrots, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Corn (Sweet), Cucumbers, Eggplant, *Garlic bulbs, Kale (Green Curly, Lacinato, Red Russian), Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Melons, Mushrooms (Shiitake), *Onions (Green, Red, Yellow, White, Red Long of Tropea), Pears, *Peppers (sweet green bell, hot -mixed, jalapeno, padrom, poblano/ancho, sweet romanian, sweet red bell, sweet red carman, shishito hot), Potatoes (blue, red, Yukon gold), Radishes (Easter egg), Raspberries, Spicy Greens, Summer Squash, Tatsoi, *Tomatoes (cherry/grape, heirloom, sauce/plum, slicing), Watermelon, *Zucchini (green & yellow).

Tasty Bakery:  Gluten-free baked goods

Zatkovich Pastures:  Grass fed beef, eggs, poultry
Daily Vendors
Debbie Diedrich – Beaded jewelry
Dancy’s Fancy Butter  – Sweet and savory flavored butters.  Dancy’s Fancy Butter would also like to announce they can be found at:  Prime Cuts on Horton Road in Jackson, Jerome’s Country Market in Jerome, Frank’s Shop-Rite in Grass Lake, Chelsea New Market in Chelsea, Sweet Seasons Orchard in Concord.  There are several more stores and restaurants in the works as well as their weekly attendance at four local Farmers Markets.
Fairview Studios – Will have new rattles, dusters, wreaths, and Tarot owls, as well as freshly bundled smudge.



For all the best in-season, summertime foods and recipes, stay tuned for the weekly installments of the

Chelsea Farmers Market Newsletter

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