Wednesday, October 2, 2013
New today at Market... Galangal!! Now comes the next question for lots of people... what on earth is galangal?
Galangal is a rhizome, which is a mass of underground, creeping, root systems that send out shoots to create new plants. Galangal is similar to and related to turmeric and ginger, which are also rhizomes. Also, like ginger and turmeric, galangal is used most often in Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian cuisine. It is an important ingredient in Tom Yum Soup and Tom Kha Gai soup (2 dishes that are often available at Vietnamese Restaurants.) Galangal is also often called for in south Indian Curry recipes.
While you try new things like galangal, today is also a good day to celebrate the good old farmers' market standard... KALE.
Today, the first Wednesday in October, has been declared National Kale Day. According to NationalKaleDay.org, National Kale day is intended to "celebrate kale's incredible health benefits, highlight kale's culinary versatility, and promotes eating, growing and sharing kale throughout America." So, let's all get a bunch of kale and eat up this superfood which is "packed with special phytonutrient molecules making it a power plant that can fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease".
Happy National Kale Day y'all!!
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Fruits: GRAPES - Scuppernong & Muscadine,
Vegetables: GALANGAL, GINGER, TURMERIC, COLLARDS, RADISHES, KALE, TURNIPS, Arugula, Beans, Beets, Braising Mix, Butternut Squash, Butter Beans, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Delicata Squash, Edamame, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Onions, Herbs (Cilantro, Basil), Leeks, Malabar Spinach, Onions, Okra, Peppers - Sweet and Hot, Potatoes, Purple Hull Peas, Pumpkins, Salad Mix, Shiitake Mushrooms, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Zucchini
Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goat/Chevon, Pork
Eggs: Chicken and Duck Eggs
Flowers: Celosia, Gomphrena, Tuberrose, Lisiasnthus, Dahlia, Gladiolus, and mixed Bouquets
Specialty Items: Flour, Yellow & White Cornmeal, Grits, Goat and Cow Milk Cheeses, Baked Goods - Breads, Pastries, & Pies, Preserves, Gluten Free Baked Goods, Nut Butters, Pasta, Herbal Teas, Herbal Salves,
Crafts: Wood Crafts, Pottery, Goats Milk Soaps