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It"s all about that beet, 'bout that beet

Posted 5/22/2016 1:16pm by Sandra Roush.

It’s all about that beet, ‘bout that beet. Week of May 23rd     The fabulous, often overlooked, root vegetable. Apparently, even by it’s growers. I neglected to mention them last week.  Since they are ready for harvest, let me tell you a little bit about the beet. Did you know that Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas)? Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.  Besides that, they are delicious!  If you’re like me, your initial reaction to beets is, no thank you. Then a friend cooked some up for me to try.  She simply chopped up the beets, tossed them with some olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted them. They were delicious! This is my preferred method, however, the fine connoisseur of beets will tell you that when you cut them, before cooking, they bleed or lose their color. To get the full appreciation for look of the beet, you need to boil or bake with their skin intact, as well as the ends trimmed, but not removed.  Beets store well, just place them in a plastic bag in your refrigerator and they will last for weeks.   Here at Emerald Acres we take our beets seriously!  We grow 3 varieties and have them on a succession schedule so they are available throughout the season.  We grow the “Red Ace”, which is your typical “blood red” beet, the “Chioggia Guardsmark”, which is bright red with purple and white rings and offers a sweet flavor, and the “Touchstone Gold”, which are a golden yellow and the sweetest of the three.   Join us this Thursday, May 26th at the Fallbrook Farmer’s Market! The market is located at 570 Fallbrook Blvd. and begins at 4:30 and closes at 8:00. First markets are always exciting, the weather is forecasted to be great and we have some terrific produce ready to sell! Load up on some fresh asparagus and strawberries, as well as beets, for your holiday weekend!   Our chickens are doing great!  Still healthy and adorable!  Their wing feathers are starting to become more predominate, however they still look like little balls for fur.  They grow fast, so I expect to stop referring to them as adorable here pretty soon.   This time of year is always the busiest!  We are planting, harvesting and weeding, just to mention a few.  This week we are harvesting, kale, spinach, collards, radishes, parisienne carrots, bunching onions, beets, asparagus, strawberries and a variety of perennial herbs.   Have a good week!   Sandy Roush Farm Operations Manager Emerald Acres

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