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Farmers Market Fresh Item

Week 3: Basil

All About It:

basilBasil is originally from Asia and very popular in Italian recipes. But in Minnesota, it may be best to grow basil in containers.

It’s a delicate plant that will die if exposed to freezing temperatures. If you put basil in a pot on your deck or near your front door, it will be easy for you to move it inside if there’s a chance of an overnight frost.

Keeping it near your home also means you can easily run outside and grab a few leaves when making homemade pizza or pasta sauces.

Just be sure to regularly prune your basil so it doesn’t get a chance to flower. If you ever want enough to make homemade pesto, you’ll want your plant focusing all of its energy on growing more leaves.

Recipes:

Brushetta

Eggplant Meatballs

Basil Pesto

Review Our Full List of Online Recipes

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Basil

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