Circle S Farm delivery Monday, July 27, and Thursday, July 30, and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, July 29

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
― Sylvia Plath

We disced the garden and we are starting over for fall – the odd uneven time.  The time between seasons.

Farm News:  Tomatoes.  It is tomato season and it has become a rescue mission.  Rescue from the crows.  The crows are also eating my sweet peppers as they turn colors – darn!  Eat Crow!  Eat Coon too!  The crows pulled up all my corn but 4 stalks – and the coons got the corn off those 4 stalks before it was even ready to pick.   Rats!  No Crows!  No Coons!

What’s in the bucket:  Spaghetti squash, cucumbers, LOTS OF TOMATOES including cherry tomato, pink eye purple hull field peas (yes you must shell them – don’t eat them with the hull on), walla walla onion, garlic and assorted (mostly hot) peppers.

If you are tired so tired of Cucumbers – following a tip from Medical health news and recipe for Cucumber water – throw those cukes in some water and hydrate!

What are the health benefits of cucumber water?

Cucumber water has many potential health benefits, including hydration, weight loss, lowering blood pressure, and skin health. It is easy to make and is an excellent substitute for popular, sugary vitamin waters.

Cucumber water is a cheap, quick, and flavorful way to drink and enjoy water. Cucumbers contain a range of vitaminsantioxidants, and other nutrients that might help prevent a variety of conditions, including cancer and diabetes, as well as keeping bones, skin, and muscles healthy

The following are some benefits of cucumber water:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the human body needs enough water to function properly and maintain overall health.

Females need to drink 2.2 liters (9 cups), and males require 3 liters (13 cups) of water each day.

A person’s fluid needs may increase when sweating a lot, exercising, or losing fluids due to illness or hot temperatures.

Drinking cucumber water counts towards a person’s daily intake of water, and the cucumber adds extra flavor to entertain the taste buds.

Sugary sodas, juices, and sports drinks are high in calories and sugar. Cucumber water, on the other hand, has almost zero calories. It allows a person to enjoy flavored drinks without added empty calories.

Furthermore, some people may confuse thirst for hunger and end up snacking or overeating when all they need is a glass of water. When feeling hungry, drink a glass of cucumber water first, to see whether the hunger pangs go away.

Being properly hydrated can also help a person feel full, saving them from unnecessary snacking.

Oxidative damage can lead to all kinds of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart diseaseAntioxidants help to prevent and delay cell damage from oxidative stress.

Cucumbers are high in antioxidants and other nutrients. By adding them to water, they make a glass of water more nutritious and antioxidant-rich.

Cucumbers are rich in the following antioxidants:

A diet high in sodium and low in potassium can lead to high blood pressure, so including potassium in the diet might help lower blood pressure.

Cucumbers are an excellent source of potassium, making cucumber water a good way to add more potassium to the body, create a better sodium-potassium balance, and, potentially, lower blood pressure.

Potassium is key to muscle energy and can help with muscle recovery. Cucumber is a good source of potassium, making cucumber water a good choice for an active person and people with sore muscles.

Proper hydration can help the body to flush out toxins and keep the skin healthy. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamin B, which can help with acne and other skin problems.

Cucumbers contain high levels of vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential to help the body form proteins to make healthy bones and tissues. It can increase bone strength, decrease fractures, and benefit those with osteoporosis.
Try this cucumber water recipe:

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced thin
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Directions

  • add the sliced cucumbers and the salt to a large pitcher or jar
  • pour in the water and stir well
  • cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • keep the water refrigerated
  • serve it with or without ice
  • drink it within 3 days

Try adding any of the following ingredients to cucumber water to make it even more flavorful while keeping the same benefits:

  • lemons
  • limes
  • oranges
  • sprigs of mint
  • basil leaves
  • melon
  • a stalk of lemongrass
  • ginger
  • fresh raspberries or other berries
  • pineapple

Cucumber water is a very hydrating drink. It has many potential health benefits, including weight loss, lowering blood pressure, helping bone health, and improving skin health.

It is simple to make, and people can enjoy it at any time.

Happy Eating and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm.

 

 

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