Learn cooking tips for versatile zucchini

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 2, 2013

This week at the Farmers Market, Extension Agent Toi Degree will feature zucchini squash in a cooking demonstration. Dubbed as everyone’s favorite summer squash, zucchini is quite versatile. Its mild taste, thin skin and soft seeds make it possible for you to eat the entire thing. Zucchini can also be prepared in a number of ways — in salads, stuffed and baked, and, of course, in sweet breads. Zucchini can literally be used from the beginning of a meal to the end — appetizer to dessert. Best of all, it is a great source of vitamin C and low in calories. So come by the market to see me, shop and sample some fresh zucchini. This week’s featured recipe will be Balsamic Grilled Zucchini, it’s sure to be yummy.
Salisbury Farmers Market Manager Harry Agner also has this market update for local shoppers:
• Assorted crafts are available at the market.
• Plenty of sweet corn.

• Some cantaloupes will be available.
• Crowder peas in short supply.
• Beautiful cut flowers continue to be plentiful.
• Green beans are in limited quantity and usually sell out early.
• Assorted beef, chicken and pork products are available.
• Local hand-made cheese from Iredell County.
• Local field-grown tomatoes are available.
• Goat milk soap is on sale; good for skin problems.
• Okra is plentiful, green and red.
• Homemade dog and cat treats are available.
• Home baked goods continue to be a market favorite.
It is important to shop early to get best selection as some items may be limited. Local growers make a special effort to produce clean and safe produce for their shoppers.
The market is open 8 a.m. to noon. Both senior and WIC vouchers are now being accepted at the Salisbury Farmers Market. The market is at the corner of South Jackson and West Fisher streets in downtown Salisbury near Rowan Public Library. Go to www.salisburyfarmersmarket.com for more information about the market and its vendors.