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Trax Farms Celebrates the Strawberry

Celebrating one of the healthiest fruits this June

 

Strawberries are a very diverse fruit. From topping our pancakes to being dipped in chocolate for a passionate treat, the fruit has definitely made a name for itself. And while there are many ways to eat the strawberry (and they are delicious), we thought that it would be worthwhile to learn a little bit more about what makes this fruit so good and so good for us. Here are a few things that we learned.

 

 

Strawberries have natural sugars; which make it a great snack

It is a rare occasion when you can find something that both tastes good but is not loaded down with sugar and additives, especially if you are looking for something for your kids or for a picky eater. However, the strawberry is one of those exceptions. As the fruit is saturated with a smorgasbord of natural sugars it is naturally sweet. At the same time, it is not factory sugar and so you do not have to worry about overdoing it too much. For example: If you have a half a cup of strawberries, you will only consume about 3.5 grams of sugar, but if you have a half a cup of straw berry ice cream (and let’s face it who can eat just a half a cup) you are consuming 15 grams.[1] So, if you do not want that sugar rush but just some sweet flavor, or if you would rather avoid having your children bouncing off the walls try using some natural strawberries in your treats and snacks. Even if you dehydrate the strawberry (to avoid getting those sticky fingers), you will find that they still contain enough natural sugars to provide an alternative to hard candies.

Need antioxidants? Eat a strawberry

That is right. Strawberries have a high level of antioxidants. Compared to other fruits and antioxidant foods are the market, the strawberry comes in at number 27 which is impressive if you consider the amount of foods that are out there, specifically nuts and some teas that tend to have a very high antioxidant level. When compared to other fruits solely, the Strawberry is ranked number four behind blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries)[2], but it moves up to third place when the recipes and usage of the berry is taken into consideration.

Antioxidants as provided by the Strawberry serve as a defense measure against contaminants into the body. Also, by adding antioxidants to the body, the body is quicker to combat any illness that manages to find its way into your system. Think of it as the Military Reserves for your body. Where you hope that you do not have to call upon them, they are trained and ready to go should they be needed.

Strawberries help increase your memory

If you cannot remember what you ate for dinner last night or where you put the remote to the television, eating a strawberry may help with that. According to a study from the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the Strawberry has been proven to increase brain functions, specifically in the area that controls age-related memory loss. Additionally, the strawberry helps to raise the general mood of the person eating them and as a result may help to combat depression. Apart from all the scientific information, there is just something pleasant about biting into a fresh fruit that calms the nerves and makes the stress of a day a little bit less.

So let us celebrate!! Come eat some strawberries with us.
Now that you know all of the great things that a Strawberry can do for you, help us celebrate by eating a few. Trax Farms is holding its 2016 Strawberry Festival June 11th and 12th. Each day with have live festival events as well as a great deal of fruit treats including:

  • Strawberry Slushies
  • Milkshakes
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Raw Strawberries
  • Belgium Waffles with Strawberries

Of course, there will be other food and events throughout the weekend. Being a fresh farmer’s market, we will have a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables picked straight from our location, available for you.

Where to find the Festival

Trax Farms is located in Finleyville, PA just 12 miles outside of Pittsburgh. We are located on one of the oldest farms in Pennsylvania with one of the largest Fresh Markets (85,000 sq. feet), so it is hard to miss us.  You can find us off of Route 88. However, if you need some directions you can find them on the contact page of our site. Should you have any questions about the festival or Trax Farms please feel free to contact us directly at (412) 835-3246.


[1] According to Joy Dubost, R.D (nutritionalist) from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 8 pm

Sunday: 9 am- 6 pm

528 Trax Rd. Finleyville, PA 15332
(12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)
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Phone  412.835.3246

 

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