Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers’ Markets!

Farmers' Market Deering Oaks

Saturday was such a beautiful day — perfect for a trip to the Farmers’ Market at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. Yes, the season had begun! I couldn’t help but take a few pictures.

Pussy willow branches

I love pussy willows. If you do too, you might appreciate this post from fellow Bangor Daily News blogger Karen Zimmermann: Maine Morsels|Pussy willows galore.

Parsnips
Parsnips, I am sorry to admit, are not at the top of my favorite foods list. I will make it a mission to move them up because they are high in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. They also contain antioxidants, as well as soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Here’s a recipe worth trying:

Oven-Roasted Veggies

Recipe is from Meg Wolff’s cookbook A Life in Balance.

Meg has veggie favorites that change depending on her mood. Here’s one combo that she likes: parsnips, carrots, thinly sliced burdock, mushrooms and beets.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a bowl, toss chopped veggies with a little olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Make sure to coat evenly. (You may want to toss the beets separately because their color will seep onto everything.)

Spread vegetables evenly on a cookie sheet and bake until crispy, about 30 minutes.

Bunch of radishes

Did you know that radishes are quite tasty when they’re cooked? And did you know they come in different colors, not just red? If you live in Portland, Rosemont Market often carries different varieties.

Container of ashwagandha
Ashwagandha root. Never heard of it before. Have you? Can you tell us what it is, how to make some tea and why we might want to.

Spring flowers at the Farmers' Market

Aaah, spring flowers. No more words necessary.

Oyster mushrooms

Oyster mushrooms. Aren’t they exquisite looking? They’re also low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol and a good source of protein, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese and dietary fiber. Does anyone have a recipe to share?

Lettuce

Lettuce. I bought some and after I put up this picture, I stopped what I was doing and made myself a salad!

Chocolate cosmos
Chocolate cosmos. I’ve only planted pink and white cosmos before. I’m going to branch out this summer.

Chocolate cosmos closeup
So beautiful!

Farmers' Market  Deering Oaks

The Portland Farmers’ Market is every Wednesday in Monument Square from 7 am to 2 pm and every Saturday in Deering Oaks Park from 7 am to 1 pm. There are close to 140 Farmers’ Markets in Maine — so many opportunities to buy local. Take advantage!

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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane Atwood was the health reporter on News Center 6. She's now a regular guest on the Morning Report. Before she became a health reporter, Diane was a radiation therapist/dosimetrist at Maine Medical Center. In 2000, she left the world of reporting to manage marketing and public relations for Mercy Hospital. In 2011, she decided to pursue a longtime dream of being a freelance writer and launched her award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.