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Farmers markets offer tasty field-fresh veggies

The temperature isn’t the only thing heating up. Farmers market season is in full swing. Large or small, these spots are the perfect place to pick up in-season veggies (and fruits) that are delicious, as well as healthy for you.

Fresh produce can help you fill up with fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. And bonus, they’re low in calories! So consider your shopping bag a powerful tool for managing your weight, controlling your blood pressure, and even lowering your heart disease and cancer risk.

Buy Michigan-grown summer favorites like broccoli, corn, cucumbers, string beans, scallions, and tomatoes on your next trip. And try a few new ones, too. Add these tasty, non-starchy options to a stir-fry, pasta dish, salad, sandwich, or pizza:

Cabbage

Made up of 92 percent water, this leafy vegetable still packs in plenty of vitamin C. In fact, one serving of green cabbage provides 70 percent of the vitamin C you need each day! Before cutting or cooking a head of cabbage, remove its outer leaves.

Eggplant

Not only is eggplant fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sodium-free, it’s also a good source of dietary fiber. Keep the deep-purple skin on to get the most nutrients. When making stir-fry or another dish, add this and other hard veggies early on so they cook all the way through.

Jalapeño Peppers

These hot peppers offer vitamins A and C, as well as folate. And capsaicin, the compound that makes them spicy, is well-known for its numerous health benefits. It can provide pain relief, aid in weight loss, and help treat arthritis and other health problems. To make peppers less hot, take the seeds out before adding fresh, sautéed, or roasted pieces to your food.

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