The Barrington Farmers’ Market opens up again at the “White Church” today, June 30, from 9 am to noon.
“Come to the market to do your weekly grocery shopping,” said Lisa Browning, market manager and nutritionist. “Eat local, farm-fresh foods, support your and your family's health, support local farmers and support local businesses. Rain or shine, we go indoors!”
Browning also provided a recipe for a honey vinaigrette dressing you can make with the honey sold at the market by one of the vendors, Aquidneck Honey. Here's the recipe, courtesy of the market's new newsletter:
Honey Vinaigrette Dressing
Easy and delicious, this dressing is perfect for salads, leftover whole grains and grilled or roasted veggies.
1/4 cup of your favorite vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 T fresh chopped Market herbs
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp Aquidneck Honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Why use local honey?
"Not only does local honey taste better than store-bought honey (actually, no comparison), it's better for you," Browning said in the newsletter. "Local honey is direct from the hive, just the way the bees made it. This is complete honey, with pollen grains and enzymes that the bees produce locally. Honey includes pollen from flowers in the area where the bees work."
"Natural enzymes, pollen, vitamins, minerals and amino acids are found in beekeeper's honey," she said. "When honey is processed commercially, it is finely filtered and heated. Filtering removes most pollen particles and heat can change the color, taste and destroy vitamins. Additives have even been discovered in commercially processed honey found in stores."
"Research suggests that consuming honey from an area that you live in may help suppress allergies," said Browning. "One of our customers swears it works better than any medication he has tried for gastric reflux."
So get rid of the white sugar in your kitchen and use honey as a healthier alternative, in salad dressing, on fruit, Browning said.
"You can even put it in your coffee," she said.