Temperatures may have cooled, but area farmer’s markets are still going strong into the fall. Believe it or not, October is actually one of the most robust months for fresh, locally grown produce. Here’s what to look for when you hit the market. It’s a great time to stock up for the inevitable Chicago winter.
So many varieties this time of year, you can’t possibly go wrong. Apples are rich in flavonoids, fiber and antioxidants – why do you think they keep the doctor away? Here at Peeled, we love apples for a naturally sweet nutrient boost in a number of our cold pressed juices – they especially shine in Adam’s Apple, Cntrl Alt Dlt, and Forever Young.
High in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber and essential minerals like potassium and manganese, beets also contain folate, a super important B vitamin. They’re also thought to increase stamina and assist with recovery for athletes – important for anyone preparing for next week’s Chicago Marathon. Give beets a chance in Life Support, The Roots Crew and, of course, Swiss Beets.
Amongst all the cruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower, which is also in season this month) broccoli is the standout source of vitamin C – an antioxidant powerhouse.
It’s true that carrots are good for the eyes – they’re a rich source of carotenoids as well as vitamin A. And they’re awesome for juicing! Enjoy carrots in our cold pressed Eyeliner, Focus’d and, of course, 24 Carrot.
The purveyors of a whole host of phytonutrients (the good stuff that comes from plants), pears offer a wide range of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. They’re a sweet addition to Hot Pink and Pinky Swear.
They’re not only festive, pumpkins are also super nutrient-dense. They’re one of the best known sources of beta-carotene, which coverts to vitamin A in the body, and they’re chock-full of vitamins and minerals.
Another great source of vitamin A, sweet potatoes are also a sweet way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, potassium and fiber.
The darling of the nutrition world is also super seasonal right now. Kale is packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer compounds. We love kale in a whole host of juices and smoothies, especially our cleanse rockstar Green Lantern.
This superfood is loaded with nutrients – think protein, iron, vitamins and minerals – all good stuff for healthy skin, hair and bones. If there’s a green drink to be had, it almost definitely has spinach. Try it in Green Day Live, Forever Young, Life Support, C’est La Vie, Green Lantern, Farmers Friend, The Green Room, Sweet Greens…need we go on?
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