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Published on August 24, 2016

Farmers Market Fresh Item:

Week 17: Peppers

All About It:

PeppersWith the variety of colors, shapes and flavors, peppers add zest to any dish. From pizza to stir fry, these versatile veggies can be stuffed, grilled, baked, roasted, steamed or added raw to a salad or eaten plain.

Low in calories, peppers are loaded with vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid and fiber. Red peppers pack the most nutrition, because they’ve been on the vine longest.

Peppers are hot weather plants that need a lot of sun. They also need even watering — wilting if too dry or rotting if too wet. Pick peppers when they are the size and color you prefer. Fresh peppers will store refrigerated for two to three weeks.

Recipes:

Fennel-Pepper Slaw

Stuffed Peppers

Mango Salsa

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant in Minnesota Home Gardens

Farmers Markets at CentraCare Health

Farmers Markets are available at the following CentraCare Health locations:

St. Cloud

Every Thursday through Oct. 13 at CentraCare Health Plaza, from 3 - 6 pm

Long Prairie

Every Friday through Oct. 14 at CentraCare Health—Long Prairie from 2 - 6:30 pm

Paynesville

The 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through Oct. 27 at CentraCare Health—Paynesville , 11 am - 1 pm