Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Specials: Turkey, Ham, Toffee and More!

We have some yummy offerings from our local farmers and artisans for this holiday season. Call the Market at 512.240.4715 to place your order today!

First, Richardson Farms has plenty of turkeys this month. Broad Breasted White Turkeys are $6.50/lb and will be delivered fresh to the Market on Friday December 20th. Deadline to order is December 15th!

If you don't want to do your own cooking, let Flying Pig Provision Company do it for you! Jerry is curing and smoking 5.5 to 6lb pasture raised hams for $60. Reserve yours today!

We haven't forgotten about your sweet tooth...Gypsy Grove Foods is offering custom 12oz tins of their amazing toffees.

Mix and match up to 3 flavors in a Holiday themed tin. 
Choose from: 
1. Milk chocolate with pecan
2. Dark chocolate with pecan
3. Dark chocolate with pecans and
Ancho chili spice
4. Dark chocolate made with orange
extract and orange peel
5. Keoke Coffee Toffee: dark choc, white
choc, coffee ground; cinnamon
6. White chocolate with pistachio nuts
and Ancho chili spice
Orders for toffee need to be in by December 18th

And don't forget to order your Holiday Pie from the Monument! Call the Market at 512.240.4715 or order online at http://store.themonumentcafe.com/

Saturday, November 30, 2013

December Event Calendar!

DECEMBER 2013 Event Calendar
www.themonumentmarket.com   512.240.4715
Open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm
1pm Kids in the Garden Ages 5 and up are welcome. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 512.240.4715
10:30am Garden Class with Michelle: December in the Garden: This is our monthly First Saturday series where we cover the garden "To-Do" list for the month.
11:30am Seasonal Cooking Demo with Mike


7:00 - 9:00pm Holiday Pie Secrets with Rusty Join Rusty in the Monument kitchen for a hands-on pie making demonstration. $35. RSVP by calling 512.240.4715
10:30am Garden Class with Michelle: Starting Veggies from Seed: Learn how to grow your own transplants!
11:30am DIY Holiday Gift Ideas with Sandra Brougher
1pm Kids in the Garden Ages 5 and up are welcome. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 512.240.4715
11:30am Holiday Hors d'oeuvres with Jeremy Corn


Holiday Hours: 10am to 3pm
Merry Christmas!
Market is closed


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Greening Your Diet!

The number one thing you can do today to improve your health and boost your energy is eat leafy greens. This simple act has powerful implications.

In his book, Integrative Nutrition, author Joshua Rosenthal describes it this way: “Greens help build our internal rainforest and strengthen our circulatory and respiratory system.” He goes on to say that the color green aligns with spring, “a time of renewal, refreshment, and vital energy.”

Indeed, the list of beneficial properties offered by greens is long and includes everything from improving circulation and liver function to strengthening the immune system, clearing congestion, and promoting healthy gut flora.

Here at The Monument Market, we are overflowing with greens.  We have organic, locally grown spinach, kale, swiss chard and broccoli.  All ready for the taking. 

Greens provide a whole host of valuable nutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients such as:
·      Calcium
·      Magnesium
·      Iron
·      Potassium
·      Phosphorous
·      Zinc
·      Vitamins A, C, and K
·      Fiber
·      Folate
·      Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll (found in all green vegetables) is a powerful blood builder akin to liquid oxygen! If you are trying to get pregnant, you can benefit from the high folate content in greens. And if you need to increase your calcium intake, leafy greens beats milk because it doesn’t put the body into an acidic state the way dairy does. Greens with significant amounts of calcium include cooked beet greens, kale, dandelion greens, collards, parsley, turnip greens, and watercress. (An interesting aside: the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who said “let food be thy medicine,” relied so heavily on the healing powers of watercress that he built his first hospital next to a stream so he could grow it.)

Other greens to rotate into your diet include spinach, cabbage, mesclun, bok choy, broccoli, and broccoli rabe.

Here are some easy ways to eat more greens:

-Drink them in the morning! Start off your day with an alkalizing green smoothie by mixing the following ingredients in a high-speed blender:

Handful watercress, kale, or Swiss chard
Handful parsley or cilantro
1-2 stalks organic celery
1/2 cuke (peeled)
1 organic apple (peeled and cored)
Juice of 1 lemon
Thumb-sized knob of fresh ginger (peeled)
Filtered water (amount depends on desired thickness)

-Drink the broth or “tea” that’s leftover in the pan after briefly steaming or boiling your greens.

-Grow your own greens either in a container on your porch, in a raised garden bed in your yard, or in a community garden. Alternatively, seek out fresh greens at the farmer’s market or join a CSA to ensure regular delivery of them!

-Get into the habit of having a simple raw mixed greens or kale salad with lunch and dinner.

-Add such green algae superfood supplements as spirulina and chlorella to your daily routine for an added dose of disease-fighting phytochemicals.

Once you crowd out other foods with these nourishing plant-based options, you’ll be glowing with so much positive energy your friends will be green with envy.

Make plans to stop The Market today and get your green on.

To Your Health,

In house Nutrition Consultant

**If you would like more information about Sandra and her practice, visit www.renewwholehealth.com**

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Rainbow Connection - Yes, Your Foods!!

“Phytonutrient” means literally a plant-based nutrient. Mother Nature provides us with an abundance of disease-fighting, tasty, and colorful foods, all of which pack a powerful punch of flavor and health benefits. The phytonutrients in plants work to protect them against insects, bacteria, ultraviolet light, and extreme weather. In much the same way they protect plants, phytonutrients protect you.

One class of phytochemical, known as polyphenols, has been touted as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants destroy free radicals—components in the body that destroy healthy cells and can lead to disease. The American Cancer Society even promotes the consumption of antioxidant-rich foods, stating that one type of polyphenol (flavonoids) acts “as antioxidants and may protect against some cancers and heart disease.”

Get Colorful!
The basic rule of thumb when choosing your fruits and vegetables? Select from a rainbow of colors! The deep colors give fruits and vegetables their antioxidant and disease-fighting powers, and different colors contain different benefits. You simply can’t go wrong if you eat a variety of citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables, allium vegetables, and purple, red, and green produce.

Four Categories of Phytos:
Eating a diet rich in colorful produce means incorporating the following varieties of phytonutrients:

·      Anthocyanins – found in deep purple or red-colored fruits such as cherries, blueberries, strawberries, red grapes, and blackberries. These have been shown to boost metabolism and short-term memory.
·      Carotenoids – found in yellow and orange-colored fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, peaches, carrots, and pumpkin. These are powerful immune system boosters and can also improve eyesight. The antioxidant value of carotenoids makes them impressive disease-fighters.
·      Catechins – found in apples and green or black tea. Catechins help to burn abdominal fat (the dangerous type of fat) and aid in weight loss.
·      Flavonoids – found in berries, pomegranates, red onions, the skin of apples and red grapes. These have been increasingly linked to slowing the growth of cancer cells.

The evidence supporting the consumption of phytonutrient-rich produce is impressive. Tap into the power of whole, organic food to reveal anti-aging and disease-fighting properties. You won’t find anything in pill form that can equate to the impressive health benefits found in a rainbow of garden fresh produce.

Here at The Monument Market we strive to have available the freshest and in season fruits and vegetables we can find.

We are proud that what we sell is 100% organic and locally grown.  Two very important steps in your choice of making sure you are eating a rainbow of colors.


Saturday, Sept. 19th Workshops

10:30 a..m. - In the garden with Michelle - Talking all about weeds!

11:30 a.m. - Nutrition with Sandra - Talking about toxins. Where they lurk and how to avoid them.

Hope to see you then,