Healthy Harvest

October is here, fall is in the air and we couldn’t be more excited for harvest season! We’ve put together a list of the freshest fall produce available, and Farmers Markets around the valley where you can “pick” them up.

Apples: What screams fall harvest more than a beautiful crisp apple? Exactly! Apples help protect your heart, promote digestion, improve lung capacity and cushion joints. When picking your apples you should look for firm, vibrantly colored apples with no bruises (the skins should be tight and smooth).

Figs: The honey-like sweetness of figs make them ideal for desserts, breakfast sweets and baked goods. Figs can help lower cholesterol, prevent strokes, control blood pressure and promote weight loss (when they aren’t in breakfast sweets of course!). You can’t judge a fig on its looks alone. A shrunken or wrinkled fig may be a better choice, and ripe figs should feel heavy for their size. Try them sliced on toast with ricotta, honey and a pinch of sea salt or black pepper!

Carrots: Carrots are delicious in hearty stews, perfect for any cool autumn night.  Carrots help save eyesight, protect your heart, combat cancer and promote weight loss. We are all used to the bright orange super-market variety, but did you know you can find heirloom carrots during fall in a range of colors like white, yellow, and purple?! How festive.

Mushrooms: Most mushrooms are available for our tasting pleasure all year-round, but many of the fungi are at their peak throughout fall.  Mushrooms kill bacteria, lower cholesterol, control blood pressure, and strengthen bones. When selecting, you should avoid mushrooms that are damaged or have soft spots, as well as those that seem to feel damp. It’s a good idea to hand select mushrooms of equal size for cooking, and what better place to do that than a Farmer’s Market?

Pumpkins: Last but definitely not least, it’s our favorite winter squash of the season for so many reasons! Not only is the pumpkin in basically every fall decoration ever seen, but it makes its way into many of our seasonal recipes as well (Seriously, searching “Pumpkin Recipe” on Pinterest is like hitting the pumpkin lottery). We love picking them, carving them, and cooking with them, but our health appreciates them too! Pumpkins are a great source of Vitamin C which can boost your immune system. They are also thought to aid in weight loss (also not in the form of a pie), reduce cholesterol, and may also reduce the risk of cancer. And lets be serious…who doesn’t love pumpkin patches?

Below you’ll find a list of our local year-round farmer’s markets, seasonal pumpkin patches and fun fall activities going on in Vegas this autumn.

Farmers Markets

Las Vegas Farmers Market® Wednesdays
Wednesday 4-8 pm, Jan1-Dec30
1600 N. Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89134
http://www.lasvegasfarmersmarket.com

Las Vegas Farmers Market® Thursdays at Gardens Park
Thursday 4-8 pm, May 22 – Dec 22
10401 Garden Park Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135
http://www.lasvegasfarmersmarket.com

Las Vegas Farmers Market® at Floyd Lamb Park
Saturday 10am-2pm, Jan 1 – Dec 20
9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131
http://www.lasvegasfarmersmarket.com

Connors Farmers Market
Thursdays 9-1 pm, Sep 4- Dec 18
Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV
http://www.connorsfarmersmarket.com

Downtown 3rd Farmers Market
Friday 9-2 pm, Jan 1- Dec 30
300 East Stewart Ave. Las Vegas, NV, 89101
http://downtown3rdfarmersmarket.com/

fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market
Friday 9-2pm, Jan 1- Dec30
6605 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89119
http://www.fresh52.com/Index.html

Las Vegas fresh52 Saturday Farmers Market
Saturday 8-1pm, Jan 1- Dec 30
302 S. Rampart, Las Vegas, NV 89145
http://www.fresh52.com/Index.html

Sunday fresh52 Farmers Market
Sunday 8:30 am-1 pm, Jan 1 –Dec 30
9480 S. Eastern, Las Vegas, NV 89123
http://www.fresh52.com/Index.html

Henderson Thursday Farmers Market
Thursday 9-4 pm, Jan 1- Dec 30
240 Water St (in front of city hall), Henderson, NV 89105
http://www.countryfreshfarmersmarket.com

Henderson Friday Farmers Market
Friday 10-4pm, Jan 1- Dec 30
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy Henderson, NV 89012
http://www.countryfreshfarmersmarket.com

 
Fall Fun

Gilcrease Orchard
Pumpkin Patch and Orchard, Pick-N-Pay
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 7-2 pm (October hours)
*Pumpkin patch opened September 27th!
www.thegilcreaseorchard.org/

Harvest Days at Tule Springs
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Patch, Horse drawn Hay-rides, Barnyard, Ranch Games & More
October 3rd- October 30th
Monday-Friday 2-5 pm
Weekends 10 am- 5 pm
9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131
$10- $15 per person, 2 years and under are free
www.facebook.com/pages/Horses4Heroes-Community-Equestrian-Center/

 

Todays post comes from our Fab contributor Tawni Holland

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