I can’t believe it’s already October, but I can definitely feel the crispness to the air up here in Buellton. And with that chill comes a startling halt to a lot of warm weather crops. Keep an eye on the blog as it may change with what we can actually pick this week. If we get melons it will definitely be the last week for them.
I listen to a lot of health related podcasts to keep up on the latest findings in health. I always knew it was important to eat a variety of vegetables to get the most diverse nutrients, but I recently learned that one key facet of good gut health that is a fairly new discovery — is eating an ample and diverse amount of produce. It is a key to healthy gut function because of its influence on gut bacteria. I find when I go to the store I tend to buy the same things, so it’s cool to have such a variety of things in our CSA boxes every week.
And my last note is for broccoli. I’ve been reading and hearing so many amazing detoxification benefits that this vegetable provides. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine found that broccoli contains a potent sulphur-containing chemical called sulforaphane that can turn on our genes and cause them to produce both antioxidant, and detoxification enzymes. When we eat raw broccoli, our chewing enables the release of an enzyme, myrosinase, which is trapped in the cell walls of this plant. Eating the vegetables raw, or lightly steamed is best, as it will preserve the enzyme activity, and having healthy bacteria in your intestines will help as well. Check out a recipe below for a delicious raw broccoli salad. I tried it and my whole family enjoyed it!
GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
MINI SWEET BELL PEPPERS
BIG BOX ADD: CARROTS, ROMAINE LETTUCE, MOUNTAIN MAGIC TOMATOES, ACORN SQUASH, LACINATO KALE
FRUIT EXPANSION: GALA APPLES from CUYUAMA ORCHARD and STRAWBERRIES from SUNRISE ORGANICS