July 31, 2018
The Frisco Rotary Farmers Market Newsletter
Product of the Week: Eggplant
Eggplant goes by many names: aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash, melongene and brinjal. They are typically dark purple and egg shaped but can come in other colors (white or green) and shapes (long and thin, round, etc.)
Expect to see eggplant at the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market through November. Eggplant has one of the longest growing seasons of the vegetables grown in North Texas.

Eggplant is high in fiber and low in calories. It is featured in many dishes on the Mediterranean diet.

Many people find that eggplant tastes bitter. This bitterness is a result of the antioxidents and anti inflammatory properties of eggplant: anthocyanins which may protect heart health and nasunin which may help improve blood flow to the brain.

One cup of eggplant contains the following nutrients:

  • 35 calories
  • 0.82 g of protein
  • 8.64 g of carbohydrate, of which 3.17 g is sugars
  • 0.23 g of fat
  • 2.5 g of dietary fiber
  • 188 milligrams (mg) of potassium
  • 6 mg of calcium
  • 1 mg of sodium
  • 0.12 mg of zinc
  • 1.3 mg of vitamin C
  • 0.25 mg of iron
  • 11 mg of magnesium
  • 15 mg of phosphorus
  • 14 micrograms (mcg) of folate
  • 85 mcg of vitamin B6
  • 2.9 mcg of vitamin K

Eggplants should be firm and heavy for their size, with a smooth and glossy skin and a darkj purple color. Avoid any that appear withered, bruised, or discolored. Eggplant should be stored in the refrigerator until ready for use.

Eggplant can be fried, grilled, baked, boiled or steamed. My husband loves to slice an eggplant up, baste it with olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper then grill the eggplant.

Before grilling, to draw out some of the compounds that contribute to the eggplant's bitter taste and to make the flesh more tender, you can "sweat" the eggplant by cutting it into pieces and then sprinkling them with salt.

Let the salted pieces sit for about 30 minutes. Moisture will be drawn out, leaving the eggplant more tender and less bitter. This will also make the pieces less prone to absorbing any oil used when cooking. Finally, rinse the eggplant to remove most of the salt.

Below is one of my favorite recipes for eggplant parmeson. Because it uses grilled eggplant instead of fried, it is a lighter version of the traditional dish. Enjoy!
Eggplant Parmeson

  • 3 medium eggplants, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb mis
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly group pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 5 cups of your favorite marinera sauce
  • 8 ounces sliced provolone cheese (mozzarella may be substituted)
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano, Reggiano or Asiago cheese
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, whole
  1. Place eggplant slices on a large pan or platter, rub with olive oil, garlic, Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Let stand five minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Heat grill or large nonstick grill pan. Spray pan with oiul and saute eggplant slices until ightly brown on both sides.
  4. Spoon 1/2 cup marinara into a 13 X 9 casserole dish. Top with about six eggplant slices, six cheese slices and a few basil leaves. Top with 1 1/2 cups sauce and repeat layering ending with sauce and Parmiagiano Reggiano cheese.
  5. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until surface is golden brown.
Serves 8.
Per serving: 338 calorioes, 21g fat, 27 mg chol., 14g protein, 25g carbs, 10g fiber, 1415mg s
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We can answer your questions about the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market, the vendors at the market and the Rotary Club of Frisco. Stop by and say hi!
Big Buck with his hen party!
Vendors at 8/4/18 Market:
Bonnie Jean's Preserves and Breads
Colby Dog Snacks
D and D Produce
Mitchell Chiropractic
Tati Streidl will provide entertainment!
Vendor Profile: Alice the Facepainter
Alice Yeager, aka Alice the Facepainter, concentrates on one of her creations at the McKinney Farmers Market. Alice splits her time between the McKinney and Frisco Farmers Market. She's at the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
Alice Yeager can paint just about anything just about anywhere! From the latest popular cartoon characters on your cheek to transforming an entire face into a puppy dog, Alice transforms a weekly visit to the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market to an event that lasts all day!

"Face-painting has been a passion of mine for over twenty years!" Alice said. "I hope to share the joy with you" at the Farmers Market."
Two of Alice the Facepainter's creations. Alice will be at the Frisco Rotary Farmers Market on 8/11.
In addition to the McKinney and Frisco Farmers Market, Alice offers her facepainting skills at many local festivals and for private parties.

What's Fresh in August at the FRFM?
As we enter the dog days of summer, pickins' are slim at local Texas markets. The following fruits and vegetables will be available at the market in August. The farmers will be planting fall crops in preparations for cooler weather.

Blueberries, Figs, Melons, Pears,
Corn, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Okra (pictured above), Peppers, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes
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