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mint

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?

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Market Lady Carolyn Smith

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Market Lady Susan Pittman shares this tasty seasonal salad.

Lettuce Medley Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 min

Level:  Easy                 Serves: 4 servings

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 1 pint strawberries, sliced *

4 cups variety of lettuces *

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 tablespoons kalamata olives, chopped in half

1 red onion, diced *

Fresh mint leaves, torn *

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, recipe follows

Feta cheese, crumbled

 In a large bowl, add the strawberries, lettuce, raisins, olives, pine nuts, red onions and mint. Top with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing and feta cheese.

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing:

 1/2 cup raspberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar, optional

 Add the raspberries, oil, vinegar and sugar if using into a blender and blend until smooth.

 *available at your local farmers market now (6-5-13).  Raspberries should be in season toward the end of June.

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Market Lady Susan Pittman

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