Leafy Greens for Spring

Leafy greens by Liz Freeman of Free & Abel 

janssens market Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

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How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday at Janssens Market

Stop by the Cafe for lunch on Tuesday March 4th for FAT TUESDAY! Pick up a King Cake and enjoy some traditional New Orleans Favorites!

The king cake, also known as Twelfth Night Cake. This cake is actually a sweetened yeast bread and frosted with gold, green, and purple icing representing in order, power, faith, and justice. The traditional colors on the cake date back to 1872. They were taken from a prominent parade group, called a krewe. The fun hides within the cake…

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Mardi Gras Special #1:
Fried Oyster Po’ Boy: Fried Oysters, Shredded Lettuce, Tomato, Sliced Dill Pickles &  Cajun Mayo on a Baguette: $7.95
 Mardi Gras Special#2:
Crawfish Étouffée over Dirty Rice w/ Corn Bread:$7.95
Mardi Gras Special #3:
Red Beans & Rice w/ Grilled Andouille Sausage, Steamed Whole Crawfish & Corn Bread:$6.95 
Mardi Gras Special #4:
Blackened Boneless Chicken Breast  over Dirty Rice w/ Corn Bread & Steamed Whole Crawfish: $6.95
Mardi Gras Special #5:
Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya over Dirty Rice:$6.95
Mardi Gras Special #6:
Cajun Cornmeal Fried Catfish w/ Dirty Rice & Remoulade Sauce:$7.95

National Cheese Day – Robiola

Robiola Cheese originates from the small town of Arona, in the province of Novara, in the Piedmont area of Northern Italy.

The term 3 Latti is Italian for three milks. This cheese is made from an equal mixture of cow’s milk, sheep’s milk and goat’s milk.

Robiola is a mild cheese perfect blended into polenta or rice for a creamy flavorful side dish.  Try it with some apple or pear for a simple, appetizer.

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December Events at Janssens Market

December Events at Janssens Market :
December 7th: Cheese Tasting with Greenville Wine & Spirits
December 14th: Crossings, an importer of fine French specialties will be offering selections for tasting.
December 14th: Daniel DeKalb Miller will be selling and signing his book: Chateau Country. Read more about.
December 7 and 21st: Carter Caviar and the Bad Company guitarist Paul Cullen.Santa will be in the Cafe: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/22.

Carter Caviar is your  source for not only the purest and most flavorful caviars but some of the finest quality specialty goods from around the world. At Carter Caviar we look to change the way caviar is viewed and tasted. Ranging from an incredibly smooth Cold Smoked Trout to an American Farmed Siberian Sturgeon we provide a wide range of experiences for your palate to enjoy.
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Janssens Market will be closed on Christmas Day! Happy Holidays!

Hot Toddy

- 4 slices of red apple
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 slices of orange
-2 cloves
- 16 oz simple syrup (equal part sugar dissolved in water)
- 16 oz bourbon whiskey

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Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and put over low heat.  Slowly bring up to a simmer to infuse the bourbon, and keep over low heat for 5-7 minutes until the fragrance of the mixture becomes more apparent.  Serve warm.

Recipe and Image Credit via Tyler Florence

Giselle Cheese – New to Janssens Market


Giselle Cheese is a raw milk cheese hand-made made by Renate Nollen of Leonardsville, NY,  from raw sheep milk, salt, rennet, cultures.

Giselle Cheese

Fall Focus: Sweeteners

Who among us doesn’t love sweets? The sweet flavor releases serotonin in our brains, the chemical responsible for our sense of well being and contentment. But when it comes to sweeteners, not all are created equal. There are side effects and health risks from refined sweeteners (like white table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup) and from artificial sweeteners (like NutraSweet, saccharin and Splenda). Refined sweeteners have been stripped of vitamins, minerals and fiber and spike blood sugar, which can often lead to cravings as well as mood and energy fluctuations. Artificial sweeteners are synthetic (chemically developed to imitate natural sweetness) and have been linked to disease in laboratory animals.

This fall, focus on naturally and minimally processed sweeteners. If you start replacing refined sugars and artificial sweeteners with real, whole foods, you will likely reduce your cravings for sugary things.

Here are a few natural sweeteners to substitute in drinks, food and baking. Since they are all approximately 1.5 times sweeter than refined sugar, you can use less. You can easily find these at Janssen’s.  

Raw Honey: Honey is one of the oldest natural sweeteners on the market. Honey will have a different flavor depending on the plant source. Some are very dark and intensely flavored. Wherever possible, choose raw honey, as it is unrefined and contains small amounts of enzymes, minerals and vitamins.

Try some Gage honey or pollen made locally in Middletown!


Craig and Adrienne Gage manage this small business along with their four children. Each family member plays a vital role in the business from attending hives to jarring honey. Some great recipes & uses on their website.

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is the concentrated extract of the sap of maple trees. It adds a rich, deep flavor to foods and drinks. Make sure to look for 100% pure maple syrup, not maple-flavored corn syrup. As with all sweeteners, organic varieties.

Follow FREE & ABEL on Pinterest for some great recipes!
 Liz Freeman Abel

                         Holistic Health & Yoga Coach

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