3 Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Can Buy at the Farmers Market This Week!

Inflammation is an important immune system function. But, when out of control, it can cause serious damage. Inflammation has been linked to major diseases such as Alzheimers, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and signs of aging.

There’s good news, though! Many foods found at the Visalia Farmers Market are naturally anti-inflammatory! Antioxidants found in foods protect your cells from the effects of free radicals and can help reduce an overabundance of inflammation in your body.
Stop by the Visalia Farmers Market this weekend to pick up some natural, healthy, anti-inflammatory foods!

1. Garlic 

Garlic can help reduce inflammation. At Washington State University they found garlic to be 100 times more effective than two antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium — one of the causes of intestinal illness.

2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil helps fight inflammation. Olive oil is full of polyphenols which protect the heart and blood vessels from inflammation.

3. Onions 

Onions contain quercetin, a potent antioxidant that can help your body fight inflammation. Onions stimulate the respiratory tract and help expell sputum (phlegm). The onion is also a proven antioxidant and may be helpful in treating certain cancers.
See you at the Market!

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All About Butternut Squash!

Butternut Squash, one of the most popular winter squash vegetables, are hitting the shelves of our Saturday Farmers Market, and what a tasty way to help usher in fall! Use it in soups, stews, casseroles or any number or yummy, comfort food style dishes for a healthy and autumn-flavored dish!

Being a member of pumpkin family, butternut squash has a pleasant nutty flavor and mildly sweet taste. It’s one of the signature flavors that usher in the changing of the seasons.
When shopping for Butternut Squash at the Market, look for mature product that features a fine woody note on tapping, and feels heavy in hand. Its stem should be stout and firmly attached to the fruit. Avoid those with wrinkled surface, abnormal spots, cuts, and bruises. Whenever possible, buy long neck butternut fruit as it contains more meat and fewer hollow cavities and seeds. (Unless, of course, you intend to eat the seeds, then shorter neck squash is your best bet!)
Once at home, well-ripened squash can be stored for many weeks (even months!) in a cool, humid-free, well-ventilated place at room temperature. However, cut sections should be placed inside the refrigerator where they keep well for 3-4 days.


Check out these fun facts about Butternut Squash!

  • Botanically, it belongs to theCucurbitaceae family of field pumpkins.
  • Butternut squash seeds can be eaten as a nutritious snack food, just like pumpkin seeds.
  • Butternut squash is composed of many vital poly-phenolic anti-oxidants and vitamins. As with other squash, it is very low in calories; one serving is just 45 calories!
  • It has more Vitamin A than that of a pumpkin. One butternut squash generally contains 354% of your daily need for Vitamin A!
  • Butternut squash is a natural antioxidant and is great for skin health and eyesight health!
  • It’s unique flavor can be used in both savory as well as sweet dishes. It can be used in variety of delicious recipes as baked, stuffed, or stew-fried. (However, nutritionally it is eaten best by steam cooking in order to get maximum nutrients.
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Garlic Olive Tapenade

This classic olive tapenade recipe was submitted by our vendor, Adam’s Family Olives! For that extra boost of garlic, be sure to use Adam’s garlic stuffed olives when making this particular tapenade!
Olive tapenade is a popular food that originates from ancient Rome, and is now popular in French and Italian cuisines. Olive tapenade is generally eaten as an hors d’oeuvre and spread on bread, but it is also used to stuff poultry, mix in a salad dressing, use as a sandwich spread, or even toss in a pasta dish!
Give this recipe a try, and let us know how you used your tapenade!



3 cloves garlic
1 cup pitted olives
2 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place the garlic cloves into a blender or food processor; pulse to mince. Add the olives, capers, parsley, lemon juice, and olive oil. Blend until everything is finely chopped. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Vendor Spotlight – All Fired Up Pizza

A Thursday night Downtown Visalia Farmers Market exclusive, All Fired Up Pizza offers freshly baked pizzas from a portable wood fired brick oven!
In business since 2011, Alan and his family have offered made to order pizzas in fun and fancy varieties – BBQ Chicken, Pesto, Veggie, Margarita, White Greek and more!
Alan attended a pizza workshop in Colorado, and during classes decided that he loved making pizza and then purchased his Forno Bravo wood-fired brick oven, which bakes at upwards of 750 degrees. Alan says he wanted to have a brick oven in his backyard for years, and is thrilled to extend his tasty hobby and passion for local foods to Farmers Market goers!
Uncertain which pizza to try? Why not go with the family favorite, the Veggie Pizza? But trust me, you’ll love whatever you try!




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Food Preservation Education Center at Visalias Farmers Markets!

If you missed our July and August demos, don’t fret! You can still join in the fun in our third and final month of participating in the Food Preservation Education Center in the month of September! Stop by our Discover Market Fresh booth to learn in fun and educational live demos how to vacuum seal your farmers market produce, meats, and cheeses to enjoy year round!
Just be sure to stop by the Market Managers booth at our Saturday Farmers Market after you’ve picked up your fresh fruits and veggies to experience our Food Preservation Education Program, hosted by Jarden, the makers of FoodSaver® Brands. Here’s a recap of what the Food Preservation Education Program is all about!


About the Food Preservation Education Program

Get hands on experience with the FoodSaver® 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System!  The new 2-in-1 system keeps food fresh up to 5x longer and saves up to $2700 per year based on buying in bulk and preventing waste.
Advanced technology automatically senses the bag and food type to create a perfect, air-tight seal. Learn how to keep your farmers market desserts and sweets fresh with a “pulse” function that removes air for sealed storage without crushing delicate baked goods.





You can also discover tips and fun “food hacks” with this innovative kitchen tool. The canister vacuum marinates meat, fish, vegetables, and more in mere minutes—instead of hours or overnight—using vacuum power to penetrate marinades deep into the food.
Looking for a quick, easy and healthy meal? Combine soy sauce, sherry and garlic in theFoodSaver® Quick Marinator and vacuum marinate your farmers market veggies and grass fed beef for a delicious dinner! In the mood to barbecue? Mix vinegar, olive oil, and a variety of herbs to make a marinade for grilled farmers market veggies… and then vacuums seal the leftovers!
While vacuum sealing your Farmers Market veggies, be sure to enter to WIN your very own vacuum sealing system and pick up a “Seal and Save Me” sticker! And let us know what YOU love to preserve the most!



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Vendor Spotlight: Aguilar Produce

Located in Kingsburg, California, the Aguilar family has owned and operated Aguilar Produce for 28 years, and has been a member of the Visalia Farmers Market for just about as long!

Jorge Aguilar was one of the very first Visalia Farmers Market vendors, and today, at our Thursday and Saturday markets, you can find Jorge’s son Daniel Aguilar – the youngest of the Aguilar boys – selling the many fruits and veggies that his family farm boasts.






The Aguilar’s sell a little bit of everything! Depending on the season you will find peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, squash, stone fruit, grapes, cucumber and many more in season fruits and veggies in their dozens of produce bins. One of the unique specialties Aguilar Produce brings to the market that is a Central Valley favorite, is okra!




Stop by this always-busy booth to get a taste of some authentic Central Valley flavor! Also be sure to check them out on Facebook by clicking here and follow them on instagram @aguilarproduce

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