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JUNE 2014
Aquarium Month
Candy Month
Dairy Month
Fight the Filthy Fly Month
Gay Pride Month
Accordion Awareness Month
Adopt a Cat Month
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month
Rose Month
Ahhh, despite what the calendar is telling you,
summer is of cially here. With it comes an
abundance of great activities inviting you to
get out of the house and enjoy the weather.
Personally, the wife and I have the little guy
getting us up early, so we enjoy hitting up the
farmers market once a week. Shopping there
almost guarantees well be getting the freshest
of pickings this season.
With June being the designated month to
celebrate fresh fruits and vegetables, what
better time to talk about just that? Everyone
knows that a diet flled with the recommend-
ed amounts of fruits and vegetables can help
us not only live longer, but feel better. Un-
fortunately, we are all part of the world of
over-committed days which keep us from
eating exactly how we should. Lets use these
last weeks of June to get back on track.
Te frst thing this article will try to cover is
providing a guide to fruits and vegetables. Te
second section is a listing of some local farm-
ers markets. Finally, there is a quick buying
guide for purchases at the markets. Who knew
there were actual things to be aware of or spe-
cifc questions to ask before making purchases
from the vendors?
Te Environmental Working Group compiles
a list of the cleanest and dirtiest foods con-
ventionally produced. Tis is compiled into a
Dirty Dozen Plus or the Cleanest Fifeen
based on the amount of pesticide residue
tested and found. Te group recommends that
if a food you like tests high for pesticides then
go to an organically produced version instead.
Te health benefts of a diet rich in fruits and
vegetables, though, still outweighs the known
issues related with pesticide exposure.
Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen
Plus list:
1) Apples
2) Strawberries
3) Grapes
4) Celery
5) Peaches
6) Spinach
7) Sweet Bell Peppers
8) Nectarines - Imported
9) Cucumbers
10) Cherry Tomatoes
11) Snap Peas - Imported
12) Potatoes
13) Hot Peppers
14) Kale/Collard Greens
Teir Clean Fifeen list:
1) Avocados
2) Sweet Corn
3) Pineapples
4) Cabbage
5) Sweet Peas - Frozen
6) Onions
7) Asparagus
8) Mangoes
9) Papayas
10) Kiwi
11) Eggplant
12) Grapefruit
13) Cantaloupe
14) Caulifower
15) Sweet Potatoes
As far as where to buy any of the above, or to
purchase all fruits and vegetables for that mat-
ter, the best place to start is your local grocer.
We have a range of grocery stores specializing
in specifc types or categories of food, to ones
that carry more food in one place than you will
ever need. Either type does their best to stay
on top of seasonal fruits and veggies, depend-
ing on the crop yields and consumer demands.
However, for those of us more adventurous,
earth conscious, and supportive of small busi-
nesses there are plenty of farmers markets to
choose from.
Following is a brief list of the top rated farm-
ers markets in the area. Tey were rated as
such based on consumer feedback. Tis list is
in no particular order, and you can just Google
farmers markets (and your towns name) for
specifc locations.
Barrington Farmers Market - Cook St. down-
town Barrington, 6/19 - 10/30, Tursdays 3-7
Great Barrington Farmers Market - Great
Barrington Fairgrounds, 5/11 - 10/25, Satur-
days 9-1
Bufalo Grove Farmers Market - Mike Rylko
Community Park, 6/12 - 10/12, Sundays 8
-12:30
CUBS
3-5 METS
6-8 MARLINS
9-12 @ PIRATES
13-15 @ PHILLIES
16-18 @ MARLINS
20-22 PIRATES
23-25 REDS
26-28 NATIONALS
30 @ RED SOX
WHITE SOX
1 PADRES
2-4 @ DODGERS
6-8 @ ANGELS
9-12 TIGERS
13-15 ROYALS
17-18 GIANTS
19-22 @ TWINS
23-25 @ ORIOLES
26-29 @ BLUE JAYS
30 ANGELS
1st - Flip a Coin Day
3rd - Repeat Day (I said Repeat Day)
5th - World Environment Day
6th - National Doughnut Day always the
frst Friday in June
6th - National Gardening Exercise Day-
Get out and exercise with your plants.
8th - Best Friends Day
10th - Iced Tea Day
13th - Blame Someone Else Day - frst
Friday the 13th of the year.
14th - Flag Day
15th - Fathers Day - third Sunday
15th - Smile Power Day
16th - Fresh Veggies Day
17th - Eat Your Vegetables Day
18th - National Splurge Day
20th - Take Your Dog to Work Day Friday
afer Fathers Day
21st - Finally Summer Day- Summer
Solstice
24th - Swim a Lap Day
25th - Log Cabin Day
26th - Forgiveness Day
27th - Sun Glasses Day
28th - Paul Bunyan Day
29th - Hug Holiday
Celebrate Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month
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Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers Market -
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 5/4-10/19, First
and third Sundays, 9-3
Crystal Lake Farmers Market - Depot Park,
6/7 - 10/11, Saturdays 8-1
Deerfeld Farmers Market - Metra Lot Deer-
feld & Robert York, 6/14 - 10/11, Saturdays
7-12:30
Downtown Evanston Farmers Market - Uni-
versity Place & Oak Ave., 5/10 - 11/8, Satur-
days 7:30 - 1
Glencoe Farmers Market - Green Bay & Park,
6/14 - 10/18, Saturdays 8 - 1
Glenview Farmers Market - Historic Wagner
Farm, 6/21 - 10/11, Saturdays 8 - 12
Lake Zurich Farmers Market - Paulus Park,
6/13 - 9/26, Fridays 3 - 7
Lake Forest Farmers Market - East Lake For-
est Train Station 6/22 - 10/12, Saturdays 8 - 1
Libertyville Farmers Market - W. Church St.
between Milwaukee and Brainerd Ave., 6/19 -
10/16, Tursdays 7 - 1
Palatine Farmers Market - Train Station Lot,
6/1 - 10/25, Saturdays 7 - 1
Park Ridge Farmers Market - Prairie between
Main & Garden, 5/26 - 10/25, Saturdays 7 - 1
Ravinia Farmers Market - Dean Ave. between
Roger Williams Ave. & St. Johns Ave., 6/4 -
10/29, Wednesdays 7 - 1
Schaumburg Farmers Market - Olde Schaum-
burg Centre, 6/6 - 10/31, Fridays 7 - 1
Wilmette French Market - Village Center, 4/26
- 11/1, Saturdays 8 - 1
Now I could not ft every farmers market in
the area into this little old article. Check your
papers, check the web, or check your local
town hall for markets which may be in your
area.
With the local market scoped out there is
something you need to prepare prior to your
visit. Believe it or not, there are some ques-
tions you can and should ask and signs to
look for to ensure your interactions with the
vendors will go smoothly.
According to SafeFruitsandVeggies.com:
Part of the fun of shopping at a farmers mar-
kets is meeting the people who are actually
involved in growing your food. Use our Guide
to Food Safety at Farmers Markets to ensure
that the food you buy is grown safely and in a
responsible manner. Read, learn, enjoy your
shopping choices and eat more organic and
conventional fruits and veggies!
Know Your Farmer
How long have they been farming?
Where is the farm located?
When were the fruits and veggies harvested?
Be Clear About Certifed Statements
How long has your farm been certifed
organic?
What does it take to become certifed
organic?
Why is it important to be certifed organic?
Does pesticide free mean you dont spray
anything at all on your crops? (Keep in
mind the Environmental Protection Agen-
cys defnition of a pesticide is any sub-
stance or mixture of substances (natural or
synthetic) intended for preventing, destroy-
ing, repelling or mitigating any pests.)
Food Safety First:
What do you do to control pests and dis-
eases? (Listen for knowledgeable comments
about the use benefcial insects, pheromone
traps, crop rotation, irrigation manage-
ment.)
What food safety practices do you use on
your farm?
Do you test your irrigation water for safety?
What type of fertilizers do you use? (Note
that manure should be properly composted
since raw manure can pose a food safety
risk).
Do you keep animals and livestock away
from your ?
Sources:
http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
http://www.makeitbetter.net/dining/food-and-wine/4258-
best-chicago-suburban-farmer-s-markets/
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A DOGS WORLD
Franklin here, reporting live from my new favorite
location...my fathers recliner...
You see one of the great things about my parents
moving was the fact that they had a whole other
room they needed to buy furniture for. One piece
of furniture being a new chair for my dad to sit
on in the other room. Meaning he can nally stop
kicking my out of what was his chair. I am glad
we have that all resolved and behind us now.
Anyway, I hope everyone is starting to enjoy the
nicer weather as much as we are. And by enjoying
the nice weather I mean only for certain periods
of time, so that I can get back to laying on top
of the air vent. Sure I want to play outside, but
when I am done, I am done.
I have to pace myself as there are many more
corners, crevices, and vegetation to explore in this
new yard. I mean it is clear that we are in this
place for Murphy and I, am I right or what? Well
just a few more things to wrap up and then I am
going to head outside. Oh...there goes a rab-
bit...I am outta here....
- Franklin
COOKING CORNER:
Tink fresh fruits and veggies cant be used for a little
evil too...Tink again. An adult twist on some fresh
juice favorites
Gin & Juice
Ingredients
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 to 5 basil leaves, plus 1 sprig, for garnish
2 ounces gin
4 ounces Strawberry-Apple Juice, recipe follows
Club soda, for serving
Strawberry-Apple Juice:
2 cups strawberries, tops removed
1 medium Red Delicious apple, peeled and cored
Directions
Add the sugar and basil leaves to an old-fashioned glass and muddle gen-
tly. Fill the glass with ice, add the gin and stir. Add the Strawberry-Apple
Juice and stir. Top with club soda, garnish with the basil sprig and serve.
Strawberry-Apple Juice:
Juice the strawberries, then the apple, following your juicers specifc
settings for each. Serve the juice immediately over ice, if desired. Yield: 8
to 10 ounces
Green Margaritas
Ingredients:
Lime wedge, for rim of glass, plus lime slice, for garnish
Coarse salt, for rim of glass
2 ounces Super Green Juice, recipe follows
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
Super Green Juice:
1 to 2 large, juicy lemons, peel and pith removed
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and cored
2 romaine leaves
1/2 large cucumber
1 cup loosely packed hearty greens, such as spinach or kale
Directions
Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with a wedge of lime, and then roll
the glass at an angle in the salt so that only the outside of the glass is
salted.
Combine the Super Green Juice, tequila and orange liqueur in a cocktail
shaker flled with ice. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into the
prepared glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Super Green Juice:
Juice, in this order, the lemons, apple, romaine, cucumber and greens,
following your juicers specifc settings for each. Serve the juice immedi-
ately over ice, if desired. Yield: 8 to 10 ounces
Orange you glad
Ingredients
2 small carrots, peeled
1 medium orange, peel and pith removed
2 ounces orange liqueur
Several dashes (a healthy shake) of orange bitters
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Directions
Juice the carrots, then the orange, following your juicers specifc settings
for each. Combine the juices with the orange liqueur and bitters in a
cocktail shaker flled with ice. Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain
into a tall glass flled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month!
Sports Corner
Unique Holidays & Monthly Awareness
PG. 2
Fathers Day Gift Guide
Sudoku Break
Contest Corner
PG. 3
Cooking Corner: Adult Juice Drinks
Random Humor: the iDad
Dogs World: Quick note from Franklin
As June promises to be a great month for
me, I decided to hijack the months article.
Not as a gif for my Dad, although, come
to think of it, it frees him from one thing
on his to-do list during this busy time.
Im taking it over because the month ofers
special occasions for me and my family.
Lets get the frst one out of the way: I have
graduated. Into my 30s. June 2nd marked
the end of my 20-something adventures
and the start of the next decade of this
journey! I look forward to what lies
ahead. In an efort of not continuing to
age myself or my parents any further, lets
move on to the next exciting milestone.
Our son Jack will turn ONE on the 20th
of June. Holy cow did THAT year fy by!
I hope I stopped long enough to take an
adequate stock of photos. He has grown
so fast! Now that hes mobile cruising
the house with ease while doing his best
to check out all corners and objects
Lindsey and I are chasing him constantly.
Hes keeping us young, for sure.
Naturally, I think my kid is by far the
cutest, smartest and most talented. So
we can move right onto the next ftting
milestone for the man in his 30s: my
frst Fathers Day. 2014 will see four
generations of Corcorans three of whom
are named John who get to refect on
fatherhood. We will also get to enjoy this
time with Lindseys dad, Bill.
Finally, this family starts a stretch in
our new home. I have not experienced
anything quite as hectic as packing up
a house, wife, kid and two dogs. We all
chipped in, except for the dogs, of course.
Lindsey did an awesome job coordinating
the madness while Jack helped unpack
boxes. His expertise extended to ensure,
by pounding on each and every container,
that a proper durability to fragile ratio
was achieved. Bubble wrap helped. Te
only advice I have? Hire movers. And
plan on playing Tetris with all the boxes
for quite awhile in your new house.
Well, just like this year and month, this
article has fashed by, for me at least. I
know its going to get hot, so stay on
top of changing your flters and keeping
your coils clean. If you havent changed
batteries in your thermostat, CO monitor,
or smoke detector; do it now. Whats the
harm in over-changing those, as long as
you recycle the batteries?
Talk soon! - John
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