THE DISH ON EATING LOCAL BEETS
3 ways you can enjoy discovering local beets in your area!
1. Find Beets at your Local Market
Not only is eating local beets good for you, they are also good for the environment, and taste so delicious! You can find beets all across Arizona. Here are some of the local farmer’s markets where you can find beets in your area.
Phoenix Public Market
Open since 2005, this open-air market transforms an urban parking lot in downtown Phoenix into a colorful bazaar. Get your fill of produce such as kale, pea shoots, potatoes, squash and cucumbers from growers such as AZ Living Greens, One Windmill Farm and Circle Key Farms. There’s also spicy sauce from Los Muertos Salsa; mesquite blossom honey from Sun Valley Bees and humane snacks from Fluffy Vegans. There are weekly cooking demonstrations, too.
Details: Saturday Morning 8AM TO 12PM – 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. – phxpublicmarket.com.
Vincent’s Saturday Market
James Beard Award-winning chef Vincent Guerithault’s influence touches every corner of this European-style market. Shop for buttery baked goods, imported olive oil, mustard and local produce from Duncan’s Trading Company. After browsing, dine on made-to-order omelets and crepes, pizzas, pastas and chocolate desserts. Wine and champagne are sold by the glass, bottle and case.
Details: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through early May. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. vincentsoncamelback.com.
To see a whole list of local markets click here!
2. Eat Beets at your Local Restaurant
Many local restaurants endorse sourcing out some of the best ingredients, but do they use local ingredients? Here is one such restaurant we have discovered that uses local beets in this wonderful dish by Chef Aaron Chamberlin called Roasted Beets with Herbed Yogurt. Below is the information to find out more on this location and restaurant.
Established in 2009.
St. Francis is an American seasonal restaurant, which simply means our menu is always changing and evolving with what’s fresh now. The majority of our dishes, including our San Francisco sourdough bread, are crafted in our wood-burning oven, which is the centerpiece of our restaurant. Our wine list is carefully crafted to complement each dish on our menu and our artisan cocktails are a reflection of the seasons.
Location: 111 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85012
To find more local restaurants sourcing local ingredients click here!
Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.
3. Learn a Recipe to Make it Yourself
Want to discover how to make this local beets dish? Watch the video on just how easy it is to bring Farm to your table.
- 5 whole beets
- 2 cloves of garlic (crushed) 3 sprigs of thyme
- 2 qt water
- 1⁄4 cup sparkling water
- 1⁄4 cup EVOO
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse beets with cold water and transfer to a large rimmed baking pan.
- Add all ingredients to beets and cover with foil.
- Roast in the oven at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes, shaking pan every 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool before slicing into wedges.
- Serve over herbed yogurt (recipe below)
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1⁄2 cup chopped parsley
- Juice and zest from one lemon 1⁄8 cup sliced chives
- Salt and pepper to taste EVOO
- Combine all ingredients except olive oil.
- Drizzle in oil until desired consistency is achieved.
This recipe was created by Aaron Chamberlin for St. Francis.
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I think you would agree the end result looks so delicious! When have you used local beets in your dish?
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Want to know more about local beets?
“Bears, BEETS, Battlestar Galactica” as the fictional Beet farmer Dwight Schrute (from the TV show The Office) would always say. We may have always associated Dwight when thinking about the superfood, however, beets are a trendy vegetable because people are realizing the amazing health benefits of them. In fact, the biggest health benefit of beets is that they naturally lower blood pressure and fight cardiovascular disease. Most people suffer from high blood pressure because of all the unhealthy, processed foods people have consumed throughout their lives. Beets are full of vital nutrients that can help with our quality of life and health issues!
Beets can help us lose weight and detox by fighting inflammation in the body. They contain a nutrient called betaine that protects our body’s cells and proteins. Inflammation is the cause of many chronic diseases in the body and by simply eating beets, we can do wonders for our health.
Beets are available year-round but taste the best during the late fall and winter seasons. When picking out the local beets, they should be on the heavy side and are firm when you give them a squeeze. The greens attached are a good indicator of the freshness of the beet; they should be bright green.
When going home with your locally grown beets, you should remove the green steam so your beet stays moist while storing. Cut about one inch above the root to prevent the loss of nutrients and store the beets in a plastic bag. They last about 3 weeks to a month in the refrigerator and are good in many recipes!
Buying local beets are beneficial to the local economy, good for the environment, and support a healthy lifestyle. When we purchase beets from a local market or farmers market, we make an active choice to know exactly where our food is coming from. With all the farmers right here in the state of Arizona, we can be assured that your produce is being taken care of from the seed to the market stand.