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Farmer’s Markets and Urban Gardening

Saturday morning my good friend and I instead of our usual sit at the coffee house after our 3.5 mile walk chose to go to the Murray Park Farmer’s Market. The Murray Park Farmers’ Market is held right in the Murray City Park off of State Street and just north of 5300 South in Salt Lake City. It was so great because there was none of the crafty stuff, just food. And except for the Great Harvest Bread (which really is so not local) you can expect to find farm-fresh produce, dairy, and fresh-baked local breads from Volker’s  Bakery. Prices are very reasonable. We shared a smoking deal on a box of green beans. I plan to freeze most of them for winter.

It’s easy to freeze green beans for your winter supply. You want to blanch them for about four minutes, then let them dry so that you don’t get any crystallizing when you freeze. Then when they are dry you just freeze them in your freezer bags/containers. Use as needed.

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This great farmer’s market is held every Friday and Saturday from the beginning of August through the end of October. If you go on Saturday get there early. It’s gets busy very quickly. We go there right at 8am and it was jumping! It’s a great way to support local farms.

Also this weekend my neighbor canned her own salsa. So darn fun!! I am so wanting to do that. Anyway she picked up her produce in her backyard, and at two local farms, Jensen’s Farm and Kuwahara I read an article about Kuwahara this weekend and the real bottom line of the article is to support the local farmer. Learn about them, buy from them, and ask your grocery stores to carry the local foods. When you shop in store buy the locals!

You can learn more about local and urban farmers here in Utah by visiting these links:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/49732598-80/farm-lake-salt-utah.html.csp

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/50080498-90/county-jones-lake-salt.html.csp

http://www.mcdowellfamilyfarm.blogspot.com/

Buy local and love your food. And by the way, I spent $27.75 on all of the fresh produce I bought at the market, which I see as a success! I got a bag of yukon gold potatoes, a bag of walla walla onions, a bunch of green onions, an Armenian cucumber, a summer squash, a dozen pears, a ton of green beans, the mystery Israeli melon and a lovely large leek. My bags were overflowing. When was the last time fresh cost you so little?

Soon the Farmer’s Markets will end, and that is when urban gardening will help you continue to save money long term on healthy foods.

MamaWholeWellness I Farmer's Markets and Urban Gardening

Health Benefits of Dill Pollen I Urban Gardening

 

Health Benefits of Dill Pollen

There are so many natural health benefits out there, that one could really research and learn all of their life and never learn about them all. I read about dill pollen on an amazing site – Pollen Ranch. They were the first in the nation to collect and store dill pollen. I recently purchased my first dill pollen, and thought, “WOW! What have I been eating before this!!” We love dill in our house, but nothing compares to real, fresh, pure dill pollen. Seriously! My favorite salad dressing these days is olive oil, coconut vinegar, Himalayan salt, garlic, lemon essential oil, and dill pollen. It’s oh so yummy!!  There are so many items you can use dill pollen with, and I find that my allergies are better when I’m using it – and that’s something that is priceless to me. I have had such an amazing season between curcumin and the dill pollen that it’s been like living a normal life. 😉 Who knew? If you click on the picture you will be able to learn more about dill pollen with Marx Food – and they gave me a great idea of adding dill pollen to my tomato soup! Cannot wait to try that out. I think that Dill should be in every Tower Garden because you can harvest those dill flowers yourself, or just as a great herb to add to your cooking.

Benefits of Dill (from Pollen Ranch)
  1.     Digestion: Dill itself is an appetizer and therefore extensively used in culinary. The essential oils present in it are stimulant in nature and activates secretion of bile and digestive juices. These oils also stimulate peristaltic motion of the intestine.
  2.     Insomnia: Essential oils found in herbs have a peculiar property. They are simultaneously stimulant and sedative or hypnotic, that is, they stimulate as well as pacify. The essential oils in dill are no different. The Flavonoids and vitamin-B complex present in its essential oils, being stimulant in nature, activates secretion of certain enzymes and hormones which have calmative and hypnotic effects, thereby helping have a good sleep.
  3.     Hiccups: Hiccups occur due to various reasons, primarily due to trapping and repeated upward movement of gases through the food pipe and secondarily due to certain allergies, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity and nervous malfunctioning etc. Dill can help in all of these situations. Being a carminative, it helps expulsion of gases and also reduces gas formation and being sedative, it helps calm down hiccups due to allergies (which is actually hypersensitivity of the body towards certain foreign elements and bile), hyperactivity, nervous disturbances etc.
  4.     Diarrhea: Diarrhea is caused mainly due to two reasons; indigestion and microbial action. For the first, dill can certainly help as it has very good digestive properties. For the second, it can help again since the Monoterpenes and Flavonoids present in its essential oils are germicidal or bactericidal in nature and can help cure diarrhea by inhibiting microbial infections.
  5.     Dysentery: Dysentery is primarily caused due to fungal infections. Here too, dill can help as its essential oils are disinfectant in nature and help inhibit fungal infection effectively.
  6.     Menstrual Disorders: The Flavonoids in essential oils of dill are stimulant and Emenagogue in nature, that is, they stimulate secretion of certain hormones which in turn help maintain proper menstrual cycles. Respiratory Disorders: Kaempferol and certain other components of Flavonoids and Monoterpenes in the essential oils of dill are anti congestive and anti histaminic in nature and help clear congestion in the respiratory system due to histamine, allergies or cough.
  7.     Oral Care: Dill seeds and leaves are very good mouth fresheners. Apart from that, the essential oils in it are germicidal, anti oxidant and disinfectant in nature. Thus they help end microbial infections in the mouth as well as their anti oxidants minimize the damages caused to gums and teeth by the free radicals.
  8.     Cancer: Now it is the turn of the Monoterpenes to come under the lime light. These chemoprotective Monoterpenes, being stimulant in nature, activates secretion of an enzyme called glutathione-S-transferase (the radical glutathione is an effective anti oxidant) which is very effective in neutralizing carcinogens, particularly Cyano- and Benzo- derivatives and free radicals, thereby protecting from cancer. The other anti oxidants in essential oils of dill also contribute to this.
  9.     Other Benefits: Dill is relaxant, fortifying (strength giving), diuretic (increases urination helping removal of toxic substances from the body), carminative (helps removal of gases), anti spasmodic (prevents cramps), anti flatulent, stimulates lactation (galactagogue) and endocrinal secretions, enhances libido due to presence of Arginine and last but not the least, it ensures bone and dental health being a good source of calcium.[5]