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Winter Market returns with healthy seasonal offerings

Beaverton Farmers Market has bounty to inspire smart eating


How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m going to eat healthier in the New Year?” You have probably said it yourself.

You may even have been pretty disciplined about it for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, most of us struggle to stay committed to the idea for whatever reason, and by Valentine’s Day, all of our determination to eat healthier foods has evaporated.

Let’s face it, when you come home from a long day at work, you don’t always feel like cooking. It is easier to boil some pasta than it is to prepare a lovely salad. It is even easier to run through the local drive-through on your way home. Sadly, we tend to fall back on the easy meals that rely on convenience foods and already prepared foods. Sigh.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Farmers have worked agricultural magic in order to coax crops from the chilly winter ground. You will find varieties of kale, cabbage and baby lettuces as well as sturdy root crops such as potatoes, carrots and beets.

Here at the Beaverton Farmers Market, we strongly believe that you are more likely to eat healthy meals if you start by buying beautiful healthy ingredients. To help keep you on track and give you the best possible chance of staying motivated, our Winter Market opened on Saturday. It will be held on the first and third Saturdays of February, March and April from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Our farmers have worked agricultural magic in order to coax crops from the chilly winter ground. You will be able to “get your greens on” in a big way — many varieties of kale, cabbage and baby lettuces will be available. Sturdy root crops such as potatoes, carrots and beets will also be abundant. Don’t forget about the aromatics — onions and leeks!

Just talking about our local winter veggie offerings makes us want to whip up a fresh, healthy meal.

In addition to our farmers, you will find many of the locally produced artisan products available in our Summer Market — natural meats, cheeses, spirits, beers, baked goods and processed foods.

Don’t give up on your resolve to eat better in the New Year. Visit the Winter Market and stock your refrigerator with healthy ingredients you will want to cook! The next Winter Market will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Beaverton City Park parking lot along Southwest Hall Boulevard between Third and Fifth Streets.

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Ginger Rapport serves as market master of the Beaverton Farmers Market.



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