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Many markets have growers specializing in herb plants like Frederickson Farms at Webb City and PT Gardens at Farmers Market of the Ozarks in Springfield.

I purchased an apple mint plant from Fredrickson Farms at the Webb City Farmer’s Market earlier this year.  This is my first experience growing mint.  I planted it in a large pot since my research showed it can be invasive.  Apple mint has bright green leaves with a woolly texture and makes a nice garnish.  It has a slight apple scent and a mild, fruity flavor.  I have been crushing a few leaves and adding them to the tea bags when I steep a pitcher of iced tea.  It makes a refreshing summer drink.  I sometimes add apple juice and/or cranberry apple juice to the tea pitcher to add variety.  Others have said apple mint is  a nice addition to lemonade.    I have been adding sugar or sweetener but I am wondering if some leaves of the Stevia plant would add the right amount of sweetness.   I purchased a Stevia plant at the market last week and will be experimenting with it as soon as it has a chance to develop a few more leaves.  Does anyone have other suggestions for using apple mint?

carolyn smith

Market Lady Carolyn Smith

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I’ve had this recipe in my inbox for awhile, waiting for the perfect moment to give it a whirl.

That day presented itself yesterday.  While cooking dinner for my family last night I wrote down the simple ingredients and mixed my own little evening refresher – a Watermelon and Cucumber cocktail.

You can find the original recipe on TheKitchen.com.  If you want to make this a non-alcoholic drink, just switch out the alcohol for some club soda or even 7-Up.  But, below was my variation.

Watermelon-Cucumber Refresher
3 parts tequila
1 part triple sec
1 part (1/2 ounce) watermelon-cucumber-mint juice*
1 part (1/2 ounce) fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a watermelon and/or cucumber slice and/or a sprig of mint.

*Watermelon-Cucumber-Mint Juice
yields one cup

2 parts (I used 2 cups) diced, seeded watermelon flesh
1 part (1 cup) peeled, seeded cucumber
2 sprigs mint (I used 7 leaves)
A couple of pieces of diced jalapenos

Whir all ingredients together in a blender. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Discard pulp.

Another great way to enjoy in the freshness that the farmers market offers!  So, get out today and shop local.




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