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Michigan Farmers Market Association

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MSU Product Center

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Farmers Market Coalition

The mission of FMC is “to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.” The Farmers Market Coalition is driven by three complimentary goals. We call it our triple bottom line. Farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor by selling directly to consumers. Consumers gain access to fresh, nutritious, local produce. Communities regain a figurative “town square,” experiencing the many positive outcomes of foot traffic and animated public space. Throughout the USA, farmers markets are achieving these goals. Some are doing it better than others. While we too are dazzled by the bigger markets which assemble hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers, size is not our only measure of success. Sometimes, it is the smaller farmers market operating in a challenging neighborhood that achieves this triple bottom line. farmersmarketcoalition.org/joinus/

 

Local Harvest

America’s #1 organic and local food website with a national directory of farms and markets. More information here.

Culinate

All about eating well, with lots of good ideas about using local food. Their content — articles, cooking tips, interviews, recipes, podcasts, food news, blog posts — helps people put real food at the center of their lives. More information here.

The American Farmland Trust

Working to stop the loss of productive farmland and promote healthier farming practices in the U.S. More information here.

featured recipe

Roasted Beet Salad With Bacon Recipe


Beets are usually thought of as a fall/storage vegetable, but early in the season you can get young, small beets that are delicious. Use these sweet beets in a salad. This recipe calls for steaming the green, with the young greens, they are tender enough to enjoy raw, so steam, some if you’d like, but keep some raw, chopped on the plate with some other green and them pile the rest of the salad on top. there are a number of farmers who have meat and others that have beets and greens.

This is a simple yet tasty salad you can enjoy with an everyday meal. This is a great way to enjoy fresh beets of any type — feel free to use red beets, golden beets, or the red and white Chioggia variety.

You might want to roast the beets a day in advance — see below for instructions for roasting the beets in the slow cooker, tips and recipe variations as well as a few more flavor ideas.

total time: 75 mins  Prep: 15 mins  Cook: 60 mins  Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 medium beets, with greens and stems
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 3 to 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash salt

Instructions:

  1. Cut stems and greens from the beetroots, leaving about 1/2-inch of the tops and the thicker part of the root end — about an inch — intact.
  2. Chop the beet greens and stems and put in a colander; rinse thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Heat oven to 400°F.
  4. Trim what’s left of stem ends off beets and discard; trim root ends. Scrub beets well. Drizzle beets with 1 tablespoon olive oil and rub over the beets. Wrap each beet in foil, leaving just a little opening at the top of each package for steam to escape.
  1. Place wrapped beets on a baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour until beets are very tender.
  2. When beets are cool enough to handle, rub the skin off and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Steam greens over simmering water or in the microwave until just wilted; arrange on a serving dish. Top greens and stems with the diced beets, then sprinkle with chopped red onion and bacon.
  4. In a small cup or bowl, whisk the red wine vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sugar, and salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Tips and Variations

  • How to roast beets in the slow cooker: Wash and trim the beets as above. Place a beetroot on a sheet of foil and rub all over with about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Wrap tightly in the foil and place in the slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining beets. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the beets are fork-tender. Unwrap and slip the skins off of the beets. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces and continue with the recipe.
  • Cooking with pancetta: Replace the bacon with 2 to 3 ounces of diced cooked pancetta.
  • Add cheese: Top the salad with some crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese.

 

 

 

 


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