Tomorrow at the Market: Know Your Food: What is the Big Deal about GMOs?

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market Newsletter. See you all tomorrow


Freshly picked produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Know Your Food: What is the Big Deal about GMOs?

We have all heard of GMOs—genetically modified organisms—and some people say that they are bad for us and for the environment. But what exactly are GMOs?

According to the Non-GMO Project (http://www.nongmoproject.org), GMOs are “plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.”

This nonprofit’s website explains that “virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. … Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. … In the United States, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.”

Jeff from Phil’s Dills at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Featured Farmer: Phil’s Dills
Fire garlic, sweet and spicy, and kosher dills—these are just three of the kind of pickles you’ll find in the large tubs that line this vendor’s table. Phil uses local ingredients from Carroll County to make these fresh, homemade pickles. Before you buy, be sure to ask for a taste!

Market Volunteer: Christiane Williams
The lady with the French accent has many talents, which include knitting. When you come to the market, you’ll see some of Chris’s knitted creations—including little mice stuffed with catnip, women’s winter scarves and hats, and baby clothes. When she’s not knitting, she’s gardening, and affectionately calls her home yard “my jungle.”

Chris joined the Hollywood Farmers’ Market Board of Directors in mid-summer, and we quickly voted her to be president (since everyone else had other roles). It didn’t take her long to jump right in with many good ideas and a willingness to help wherever it was needed. Many thanks to Chris for all of her help!

Christianne Williams (right) at a College Park farm

Christiane Williams (right) at a College Park farm

This week’s Vendors

1. Uptown Bakers
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Green Sprouts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8.  Ferguson Family Farm
9. Phil’s Dills
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Caspari Farm
14. Martha’s Jams
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20.  Henna Art
21. Chic Expressions
22. Ozlem Crafts

Featured Produce: Broccoli
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables—which include cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage—“have it all: vitamins, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals,” according to an article at http://www.webmd.com. To get all the nutrients in these superfoods, we just have to cook them in a certain way.

Here’s what an article on the World’s Healthiest Food website advises: “Did you know that cutting the florets into smaller pieces and the stems into thin slices and letting them sit for 5 to 6 minutes before cooking will enhance their cancer protective properties? … Once broccoli is heated, even if it is just lightly steamed, the [cancer-preventing] myrosinase enzyme will become inactivated. “

Recipe of the Week: Broccoli
[Adapted from: http://www.realsimple.com]
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets (6 cups)
1⁄4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1 scallion, sliced
1⁄2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Salt and black pepper
1⁄2 cup toasted walnuts

Fill a large saucepan with 1 inch of water and fit with a steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil. Place the broccoli in the basket, cover, and steam until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Rinse with cold water to cool.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, sour cream, blue cheese, scallion, vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Drizzle the broccoli with the dressing and sprinkle with the walnuts.

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