Juice it! 3 easy recipes using local produce from the Market at Pepper Place

Birmingham, Alabama, Market at Pepper Place

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Kale, muscadines, kiwi, arugula, cucumbers and Jonagold apples from the Market at Pepper Place. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Let’s just say I haven’t been getting my five servings of fruits and veggies a day lately. This week, I decided it was time to change things up. So I headed to the Market at Pepper Place to stock up on ingredients for fresh juice.

Birmingham, Alabama, Market at Pepper Place
Buy local at the Market at Pepper Place on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Photo via Market at Pepper Place, Instagram

I didn’t go full “juice cleanse,” but I did swap out a fresh juice for a meal a day throughout the week. It was tasty, I noticed less bloat, and my tastebuds got a much-needed recalibration. Afterward I found myself naturally going for fruits and veggies over potato chips and bread.

For my juice ingredients, I visited booths for Mt. Laurel FarmPetals from the PastCalvert Farms, Owls Hollow Farm, Henke Farms and Iron City Organics at the Market at Pepper Place on Saturday. Those are just a handful of the many local growers you’ll find at the Market.

Birmingham, Alabama, Market at Pepper Place
Almost noon means it’s time to pack up and dance at the Calvert Farms booth. I snapped up their last bag of kale. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Juice Vendors At The Market At Pepper Place

If you’re not a DIY type, the Market at Pepper Place is still the place to get your fresh juice fix. The guys at The Fresh Squeeze and Sprout & Pour will be happy to hook you up. Their farm-to-bottle local juice concoctions might just inspire you to pull out your home juicer after all. Find out what vendors are scheduled for each Saturday at The Market here.

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The Fresh Squeeze at The Market at Pepper Place. Photo by Terri Robertson

Related: Check out Birmingham’s juice trend.

Juice Recipes

Here are a few recipes I tried this week, but I encourage you to get creative. Do you see a juice recipe you want to try that calls for grapes? Substitute local muscadines. Want to add fresh sprouts for a nutritional boost? Visit the Iron City Organics booth, and pick up some pea shoots. 

Green Machine


Ingredients


  • 2 sweet-tart apples (I used the variety Jonagold)
  • 3 celery stalks*, leaves removed
  • 1 large cucumber (or 2 small)
  • 8 leaves kale
  • 1 handful of pea shoots (I used 1/4 container from Iron City Organics)
  • 1/2 Meyer lemon*, peeled
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger*

Directions


  1. Process ingredients in a juicer according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. *I purchased celery, lemon and ginger from a store. Chickamauga Farm will sell fresh citrus, including lemons, Meyer lemons and satsumas, at the Market at Pepper Place from late November through early December. You can purchase celery from Mountain Sun Farm at the Market when in season and available.

You Beet Me To It


Ingredients


  • 2 beets
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 big handful of arugula
  • 1 handful of pea shoots (I used 1/4 container from Iron City Organics)
  • 3 satsumas*, peeled (or 2 oranges)
  • 1 Meyer lemon*, peeled
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger* (optional)

Directions


  1. Process ingredients in a juicer according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. *I purchased citrus and ginger from a store. Chickamauga Farm will sell fresh citrus, including lemons, Meyer lemons and satsumas, at the Market at Pepper Place from late November through early December.

Harvest Juice


Ingredients


  • 6 muscadines
  • 3 stalks celery*
  • 2 sweet-tart apples (I used the variety Jonagold)
  • 2 pears
  • 1 sweet potato, about 5 inches long
  • 1 big handful of arugula

Directions


  1. Process ingredients in a juicer according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. *I purchased celery from a store. You can purchase celery from Mountain Sun Farm at the Market at Pepper Place when in season and available.

Juice Notes

If you don’t own a juicer, you can try a blender to make juice with the produce you get from Market at Pepper Place. Add some water to help get the blades going (check manufacturer’s instructions).

Blending creates a smoothie, not a juice. You can strain the juice through a fine wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a bowl to remove pulp.

What are some of your favorite juice recipes using local Alabama produce? Let me know at terri@bhamnow.com.

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