This week we got the most gorgeous petite bunch of celery from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) . If you don’t know about CSAs, Local Harvest explains the concept and has a tool to help you look for one in your area. If you want organic veggies, a CSA is much cheaper than buying from a larger chain. And its really fun to get a big box of produce every week and have to figure out what to do with some of the unusual things you might get in your box.
My CSA is Riverbend Roots Farm, in Alton, IL, owned and operated by Stacey and Kris Larson. They are incredibly dedicated organic farmers and I love the fresh veggies I get from the farm, as well as the knowledge that I am supporting a sustainable local organic farm.
So–back to the celery–its super fresh and the flavor is much stronger than the celery you buy in the grocery store. Its one of my favorite snacks, because its lo-cal and nice and crunchy. But I bet you didn’t know that celery has fantastic health benefits as well! Each stalk of celery, along with its seeds and leaves, contains vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin C, and molybdenum. It also contains a hefty dose of a unique compound that has been shown to enhance cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Who knew??
source for celery facts: Life Extension Magazine : http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/nov2012_Time_Celebrate_Celery_01.htm