Spring is in the air when farms start beefing up their bounty at roadside stands and on farmers’ market tables. And we’re looking forward to the fresh flavors popping through greenhouse-grown veggies from Brox Farm in March and April — the perfect harbinger of longer days and warmer weather. Not only will you notice the difference in taste, but these locally grown fruits and veggies are also full of nutrients to keep you healthy and strong.

  1. Kale: This nutrient dense food packs a serious punch. It is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that build up the immune system and lower cancer risk.
  1. Spinach: Another super nutrient-dense food, spinach is low in calories yet very high in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients.
  1. Beets: An all-star veggie, beets contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help fight disease and strengthen vital organs.
  1. Watermelon radish: Sharp and crunchy, radishes are a refreshing bite of spring. A rich source of folate and vitamins C and A, watermelon radishes have a green to white exterior, a bright pink interior and are much sweeter than the common red globe variety.
  1. Apples: An apple a day is the most delicious prescription. Full of fiber and potassium, the skins alone provide two to six times more antioxidants than the fruit inside.
  1. Carrots: Containing beta carotene, carrots help convert vitamin A in the body and improve vision. They also deliver sleep promoting nutrients like potassium and vitamin B6, as well as biotin.
  1. Tomatoes: A powerhouse source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant associated with heart and bone health.
  1. Tatsoi: Besides good taste, this dark leafy green packs a powerful nutrition punch with beta-carotene, vitamins C, K, and A, as well as iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
  1. Potatoes: The spud often gets a bad rap for being fattening. But if kale were deep fried you probably wouldn’t consider that healthy either. Potatoes are actually a super healthy root in many ways including loads of fiber, potassium, immune-boosting quercetin and vitamin B6, so eat up friends.
  1. Mushrooms: Packed with vitamin D and immune-boosting antioxidants, if fungi aren’t already a part of your diet, they should be. This year, Brox is partnering with Fat Moon Farm of Westford to bring you delicious fresh shrooms.
    Visit Brox Farm at 1276 Broadway Rd., Dracut | 978-454-3434 | Farmerdaves.net

Power Punch

Kale-Apple Smoothie

The apple juice and bananas mask the vegetable flavors so well, you’ll barely taste the kale.

¾ cup chopped kale. Ribs and thick stems removed

1 small stalk celery, chopped

½ banana

½ cup apple juice

½ cup ice

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Place kale, celery, banana, apple juice, ice and lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Enjoy.

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