Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Beautiful Pomegranate

The pomegranate is one of those fruits that you either get delighted at seeing in season, or you walk right on by because you have no idea what to do with it.

Lucky for you, pomegranate season has begun.  Here at The Market, we have baskets full of fresh, locally grown fruit ready for you.

The pomegranate originated over in Persia, and different varieties of the tree have made their way around the world. In ancient times, the fruit was a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.

The name pomegranate, derives itself from medieval Latin.  Pomum means "apple" and granatum means "seeded".  A seeded apple. If you have ever opened one up, you will know why it was called this.

However, the looks and the name of the fruit are not why the pomegranate has gained fame.  It is a sought after fruit for all of its health benefits.

It is chock full of so many nutrients, but most importantly vitamins B, C, K, folic acid and potassium.  The fruit is also loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants that help ward off heart disease, cancer, control weight, fight cell damage and reduce cholesterol.  If that is not enough, the seeds are an awesome source of fiber.

It is said that a glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than a glass of red wine, a cup of green tea, or a glass of cranberry juice.  That's pretty good.

If you don't know how to open or seed a pomegranate, I am including a link to a short YouTube video that shows you how.  I could give you pointers, but I actually needed to watch this video myself to know how cut one open correctly.

Still don't know what to do with a pomegranate?  Here is a link chock full of different recipes you can try out.

Events this weekend, Sat. 21st.

10:30 - Gardening with Michelle - Growing Strawberries

11:30 - Nutrition with Sandra - Gluten Free Baking


Happy health,

In-house Nutrition Therapist

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

What's Up At The Market This Saturday? Stop On In And Learn!

This coming Saturday, the 14th we have two awesome educational talks you do not want to miss.

What better way to spend a morning learning about gardening and health?  We have got you covered in both areas.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., we have guest speaker Bill Marsh.  Bill will speaking and teaching how to design and build a home rainwater harvesting system.

With the awful drought Texas is currently experiencing, if you have a garden, a rainwater catching system should be on your "must have list".

If you are familiar with 17th St. Community Gardens in Georgetown then you have seen Bill's work in action.

At 11:30 a.m., will be our monthly nutrition talk.  I will be speaking about food quality,food labels, and what you want to look for when shopping.

I will discuss the importance of food quality and why it matters to our and health and public wellbeing.

I will also go over the meanings of all the different labels we encounter when we shop for food.  All natural, grass-fed, cage free, grain free, etc.

This can be very confusing and what we think we may be buying, we may not be at all.

We hope to see you this coming Saturday, but if you are unable to make it, please check out our online calendar for future talks.

To your health,

P.S. - If you would like to learn more about who Sandra is and what her business is all about, please visit her website at