Fresh veggies

  • Celine Hall, of Northfield, right, buys fresh vegetables from Gloria and Ervin Meluleni of Coyote Hill Farm during the Saturday farmers market in Bernardston. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Celine and Robert Hall, of Northfield, buy fresh vegetables Coyote Hill Farm during the Saturday farmers market in Bernardston. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Mushrooms for sale from Coyote Hill Farm during the Saturday farmers market in Bernardston, at United Church of Bernardston. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Fresh vegetables Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

  • Fresh vegetables Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

  • Fresh vegetables Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

For the Recorder
Published: 6/12/2019 9:00:25 AM

Are you getting all the nutrition you’re paying for? Probably not — here’s why: A number of years ago, the folks at Organic Gardening Magazine took a freshly-picked head of broccoli and tested its vitamin content. Then they placed it in a freezer at negative 10 degrees Ferainheit for several months.

When they tested it again, they found that even though it had been completely frozen, enzyme activity had reduced its vitamin content by more than half. 

And that enzyme activity also affected its flavor, making it less palatable. At temperatures above freezing, enzymes simply work faster, and, unfortunately, they’re present in earnest after the plant is harvested.

If your kids won’t eat their veggis, enzymes might be the reason why.

By contrast, freshly-picked produce has farm more vitamins, besides simply tasting better.

That’s what you get at local farmers’ markets, where the produce is often grown in an organic environment and has been picked that day, just before the farmers’ market opens. 

Several local farmers’ markets, including the Bernardston Farmers’ Market, have opened for the 2019 season.

At Bernardston’s Farmers’ Market, there’s something for everyone; plants, organically grown veggies, jewelry, fresh milk, ice cream, and frozen chicken pot pies made by the folks at Kiwanis.

The Bernardston Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Church of Bernardston on Route 10 near the town center. For more information, call 413-648-0056.


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