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Fun Facts About What’s Growing In The South Right Now

Who doesn’t love freshly harvested, seasonal foods, right from their local farmer this time of year?  Here in the South, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available to us year round, but fall is a special time of year in the south. Health-conscious individuals should be on the lookout for fresh, healthy, seasonal ingredients that are harvested during this bountiful season.  As much as it may not feel like fall outside, fall is right around the corner, as is harvest time for our local farmers.  Check out what’s growing in Georgia this time of year.

Fresh veggies and greens for fall.

There are so many fresh, healthy veggies to get excited about this time of year.  Arugula, beets, lettuce, kale, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, beets, carrots, cabbage, squash, radishes, turnips, and eggplant are all in season in the south right now. With all these great ingredients being harvested right now, it’s the perfect time to create healthy salads full of your seasonal favorites. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market or farm co-op and check out the bounty of healthy, delicious foods Mother Nature is providing us with right now.

Healthy nut harvest time is almost here.

The fall months of October and November are also harvest season for Georgia’s pecan growers.  Georgia is the nation’s leading pecan producing state.1  We all know and love pecans for special treats like pecan pie, or pecan candies like pralines or chocolate clusters, but did you know that pecans are packed with essential vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, B vitamins, potassium and phosphorus?  They are a great source of protein and fiber and studies have shown they can lower cholesterol.1  So, no matter if they’re roasted, toasted, glazed or candied, add a little flavor and fun to your salad with pecans, and enjoy the health benefits they provide at the same time.

What’s in your salad?

It’s easy to choose from the bounty of fresh veggies in season right now, but the ingredients you choose for your salads may make a difference in the health benefits you receive.  In case you haven’t heard much about Arugula (in season right now) it’s quite the healthy green…in fact, it is one of the top ten most nutrient-dense foods, according to livestrong.com, in fact it’s 30% more nutrient dense than cabbage, and almost 50% more so than cauliflower.2 Arugula packs a healthy punch with its many vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A, C, K, along with calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, folate, beta-carotene and lutein.2 So, as you shop your farmer’s market this time of year, make sure your salads are full of fresh, healthy, seasonal greens like nutrient-dense arugula that will really contribute to the health benefits of your salads.

Be sure to take advantage of all the healthy, seasonal ingredients available to us right now.  If you’re in a rush and don’t have the time to visit your local farmer’s market or co-op, don’t worry, you can find the freshest seasonal offerings at your local Atlanta Bread!  Our Southern Harvest Salad represents the best Mother Nature has to offer with just a touch of southern charm.  Treat yourself to healthy seasonal mixed greens and and the health benefits of fresh arugula and diced beets, served with creamy goat cheese and candied pecans drizzled with our house balsamic dressing.  A delicious blend of healthy, farm-fresh ingredients and a little southern charm!  To stay up to date on all the great seasonal happenings at Atlanta Bread, simply download our app!

1  http://www.agr.georgia.gov/georgia-grown-pecans-.aspx

2  http://www.livestrong.com/article/5381-need-health-benefits-arugula/

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