Market Notes: Stock Up on Cranberries!

Just in time for the holidays, Seacoast Eat Local will be selling cranberries from Sugar Hill Farm, ME, at our Winter Farmers’ Market this Saturday. These fresh, plump berries are perfect for making your own sauce, a delicious addition to any meal!

The sale of cranberries is part of our fundraising efforts to support the farmers’ markets, with additional regional products not otherwise available from our vendors. Funds raised go toward managing, running, and promoting the markets, everything from paying for our website hosting to the needed insurance policy. We appreciate your support!

Cranberry Basics

Purchasing: Fresh cranberries are available from October through December. Look for bright-colored, firm cranberries that “bounce.” Fresh cranberries are dry harvested, while wet or bog harvested ones go to processing plants.

Storing: Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, or up to one year in the freezer. To prep, rinse and discard any discolored or soft berries; if frozen, there’s no need to thaw before use.

Nutrition: Naturally fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium and a good source of dietary fiber, cranberries contain flavonoids and polyphenolics, natural compounds that promote health. According to the largest USDA study of the antioxidant content of food, cranberries are among the top five foods with the highest antioxidant content per serving.

Factoid: Cranberries, blueberries and the Concord grape are the only 3 fruits native to the United States and Canada.

For recipe ideas, visit us at Pinterest, where we’ve a collection for cranberries, from sweet to savory!

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