10137 Preston Rd

just off Mondon Hill Road between Hwy 41 and Hwy 50.

Produce Barn is open Sunday Monday Tuesday & Wednesday Farm Phone 352 799 6752 When we're busy in the field, our cells keep us available 352-232-3381 & 352-232-0294

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Are You Seeing Red?

Some General Information about Tomatoes

Did you know...   
vine ripened tomatoes turn color from bottom to top?

Did you know...
1 cup diced or sliced fresh tomatoes is full of nutrients?

 Tips about Tomatoes: 
  • Choose ripe tomatoes for maximum vitamins.
  • For the most antioxidants, including lycopene and beta-carotene, choose the red tomatoes.
  • Cooking tomatoes releases lycopene, which has a powerhouse of cancer-fighting properties. Because Lycopene is fat-soluble, try using olive oil, or foods rich in omega 3 fats like avocados to more easily absorb lycopene.
  • Eating several tomato-based meals each week is a healthy gift for your heart and circulatory system.
  • Try using a tomato sauce over other raw and steamed vegetables for maximum nutritional absorption of both veggies and tomatoes!
  • Tomatoes are one of the few fruits which can become more nutritionally beneficial after being heated.

Raw Tomatoes contain:

Vitamins A, C, K, with smaller amounts of Vitamins E, B, Thiamin, Choline and Folate.

Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Photosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Fluoride

They also provide water, phytosterols, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acides.

Adding cherry tomatoes to salads, sliced tomatoes to sandwiches, and munching on grape tomatoes as snacks is a good way of adding healthy goodness to one's diet.

  • Tomato Gravy provides an interesting and flavorful boost to many vegetables, meats and starches. 
  • Traditionally served over rice, tomato gravy is great (hot or cold) as a condiment on sandwiches and wraps, atop meats or potatoes, and mixed with vegetable side dishes. When chilled, blend it with sour cream and serve as a relish or dip.
  • Rather than french fries or baked potato, try fried eggplant with tomato gravy!
  • Great texture and vitamin packed!
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