Now that the Butler County Farmer’s Market is open for business this growing season, we have a chance to buy local, support or neighbors and get some fresh grown fruits and vegetables at great prices. Already this season, the booths at the market offer a large variety of all things grown here in our county, from fresh blueberries to striped squash. Several vendors also offer home-baked goods, soaps and perfumes and even hand-made fudge.
But it’s the fresh produce at our local farmer’s market that offers us not only food three days a week, but the healthy benefits of food in its most natural form. Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” And there’s no better time to live by that rule than this summer while there is so much abundance to enjoy at our own “Farmacy.” Let’s look at a few options available now along with their known health benefits.
Squash come in a plethora of varieties. In general, they offer plenty of Vitamins A, B and C. They are rich in phytonutrients that have historically been used to treat enlarged prostate. Squash contain potassium, manganese and copper. Zucchini, one of the most popular summer squash, contain more iron, vitamin K and zinc than other squash varieties. Cucumbers contain vitamins A and C, potassium, manganese, folate and magnesium. Their silica content is excellent for the skin. They help your body digest protein, and they are excellent diuretics. Blueberries are excellent antioxidants. They support healthy eye function, and can assist in treating urinary issues. These foods and many more are now available for us in our own town. When it comes to the food we eat, the healthiest options will always be the freshest.