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Seize The Veggies: It’s Time For Veggie Stew & Mile-High Apple Pie

If you’ve been waiting for a good time to go to a local farmers’ market, now is the time. There are still some summer vegetables available, and fall vegetables and fruits are now coming on line. Time to think of vegetable stews and mile high apple pies.
     And if you’re concerned about climate change, the recently published United Nations Climate Report notes that reducing red meat consumption and increasing plant-based foods (e.g., fruits, vegetables, seeds) can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but will also make people more healthy.
     We are fortunate to have a lot of farms still operating in our area. These farms play a critical role in sustainable land management. 
     Don’t procrastinate any longer. Support your local farmers and get the many benefits, including fresher, more nutritious vegetables and fruits, opportunities to purchase other locally produced items (e.g., baked goods, fresh pasta and sauces, jams and jellies, eggs, honey), and a chance to meet your neighbors.
     Get some fresh corn, onions, and new potatoes and try this out:
Country Skillet
1 lb. new potatoes,
1-2 ears corn, cut from cob
1 large onion, chopped
8-12 oz. fresh spinach
1⁄2 lb. hot chicken sausage or turkey kielbasa, cooked and sliced in rings
1 lb. fresh peeled and deveined shrimp
1⁄2 lb. bay scallops, sliced in half (optional)
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp. ground coriander
1⁄4 - 1⁄2 tsp. cayenne pepper (to
1⁄2 tsp. ground mustard
1. Place small round potatoes on plate and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Turn and microwave for 1-3 more minutes, until just tender. Cut in half.
2. While microwaving, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring as needed, until onion is soft, 5-7 minutes. Add potatoes and cook, stirring as needed, until golden brown, another 2-3 minutes. Push to one side of pan. Add cooked sausage on other side, stirring until heated through. Mix ingredients together. Add garlic, coriander, cayenne and mustard. Toss and stir for 1 minute.
3. Add shrimp, corn, and spinach, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp is cooked (3-5 minutes). Stir and serve.
Donnie Funch
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