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The news is filled with reports of a record flu season, and your home, office, or school is probably filled with the coughing and sneezing of the flu victims.   One of the best ways to ward off the flu is to build your overall immunity, and eating foods with vitamins and nutrients is a key to that process.  And if all else fails, and you do get the flu, there are certain foods that help to alleviate the suffering.   

The old adage about the benefits of hot chicken soup has proven to be valid, yet there are other ingredients from Market that research has also shown to be effective:
  • Mushrooms!! 
  • Green Tea
  • Fresh Garlic  
  • Sweet Red Peppers (vitamin C)
  • Hot Peppers (capacin – to clear sinuses, thin mucus)
  • Honey (to coat the throat)
  • Lean Meat (iron)
  • Sweet Potatoes  (beta-carotine)

Fresh fruits and vegetables maintain a higher level of vitamins and nutrients.  Find these items and more at the Farmers Market, and check below for a few flu-fighting and symptom alleviating recipes to consider.

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HONEY CITRUS SOOTHER

  • 3 – green tea bags 
  • 1 – cinnamon stick
  • 3 cups – boiling water
  • 1/4 cup – honey
  • 1 cup – grapefruit juice

Place tea bags and cinnamon stick in a 1-quart tea pot. Add boiling water; steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and tea bags; discard. Stir in grapefruit juice and honey.

                                           HONEY GINGER CARROTS
  • 1 lb. carrots, sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 Tbs honey
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice

Add carrots to pot of  boiling water and cook until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes. Drain.  In a large skillet over low heat, melt butter with honey. Stir in ground ginger and lemon juice. Stir in carrots and simmer until heated through.

 
GINGER HONEY ROASTED SWEET POTATOES
  • 3 – 4 Sweet Poatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbs. butter  
  • 1/3 Cup honey  
  • 1 – 2 Tbs ginger root, grated  
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375.  Melt butter in a bowl in the microwave.
Add sweet potato chunks and grated ginger to bowl, drizzle with honey.  Spread on baking sheet and place in lower half of oven.  Bake for 30 minutes or until can be pierced with fork.  

 THIS WEEK’S VENDORS

Abdel’s Tunisian Olive Oil now also carries Moroccan Argan Oil and infused oils. 

 Baby C Farm  products use local and/or high end yarn, and all items are always knit by hand.  They will also do custom made items – just ask!

Big Sky Bakery features the best of artisan breads and rolls, and also generously donates daily to the a local mission. 

Countryside Farm & Bakery has a variety of hoop-house grown fresh produce and stored veggies that will help build your flu-fighting immunities.  Also discover their baked goods and preserves for a treat.

 Flickerwood Wines brings their Pennsylvania produced wines to market, or stop by their shop just up the street for a tasting!

 God’s Country Creamery brings their family farm produced cheeses to market each week, including some creative Havarti blends you have to try.  

  Golden Valley Farms Coffee Roasters take pride in selecting, roasting and packaging the best coffee beans, ensuring our customers get fresh coffee everytime. 

 Guinea Hen Garden brings fresh eggs, local honey, homegrown herbs.

  La Cucina Verde offer a number of delicious and nutritious lacto-fermented items.

London Vale Farm brings fresh produce, grown in their hoop houses or stored from their summer fields.

Maile Meats & Charcuteries features traditional pork, turkey, chicken, exotic, and all natural organic sausages. They also carry some savory “nibbles and noshes” and ask about their tasting dinners.

 
Meadowset Farms and Apiary  has just recently butchered some lambs – contact them if you are interested in purchasing a full or half lamb.  610-274-8320
Nomadic Pies with Molly
Nomadic Pie Truck won’t have their truck this week, but look for them at a table in the same location, with all of their wonderful products.

 

Rex Farms Orchard brings their variety of apples to market, plus fragrant fruit ciders, sauces, and butters. 

Sunset Park Cookies products are entirely gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.  Find allergen-free desserts at reasonable prices.

Sweet Salvation Truffles has beautiful gift options with their truffles, filled chocolates, and toffees.  Plan ahead with a Valentine’s treat for your special ones.

 

Take Me Bake Me Pizza

 

Take Me Bake Me pizzas will have FOUR yummy flavors. Your choice of Whole Wheat or Multi Grain crust for $12 each, 2 for $22.00 and 3 for $30.00
  
Taste Artisanal also sells their cheeses and other amazing products at the Artisan Exchange, 208 Carter Drive in West Chester.    

 Jack’s Jams and Jellies bring home-made preserves from local fruits and veggies, from the sweet to the spicy.  Yum!

  

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