Food & fitness for your consideration // Door County cherry crop will be limited this season… Savor accordingly!
Happy Monday! It was a hot weekend in the Twin Cities – and luckily I was able to escape to ‘the Florida of the midwest’ AKA Door County. Although the drive was long for a two-day weekend, the weather was perfect on the lake and we were able to spend all day outside Saturday and Sunday.
Brooke and Deb were the real troopers last weekend though and completed the MS 150, riding to raise money for MS research as I mentioned in our last post. Way to go Team Moxie! Next up, Friday evening we will be part of the Nature Valley Expo in Uptown, in support of the Nature Valley Grand Prix series. We will be sharing a booth with another awesome local company, Chicked, which I will be featuring on the blog mid-week. If you get a chance, the event is a lot of fun to watch; the competitive riders do time trials 0n the closed off streets of Hennepin and Lake, near Calhoun Square, which is a busy and popular part of the city:
Moxie’s booth will be open from 4:30 to 9PM, during the races which start with women’s at 6:15PM. There will be a stunt show to get things started around 5PM. It’s a great way to start your weekend!
Especially if the tart cherries are fresh from Door County, Wisconsin’s cherryland. Being there last weekend, I began dreaming of late summer when the cherries are ripe and warm from the sun and delicious when picked straight from the branches. Unfortunately, since our winter this year was abnormally warm and March had a heat wave, the cherry crop is expected to fall well short of the normal production because of the frosts that occurred after blooms began earlier than normal. So if you get the chance to enjoy some fresh-picked cherries this year, use them wisely!
Since cherries won’t be ready until later, I made due with stopping at my favorite local pie shoppe, Bea’s Ho-Made Products. I picked up some Raspberry Topping, for vanilla ice cream or angel food cake desserts, and some Cherry Sauce, for pork chops or savory salmon. Absolutely delicious. But Bea’s is most widely known for fresh cherry pies and a wide array of jams and jellies.
Did you know that tart cherry juice helps you sleep better? The juice contains a high amount of melatonin which helps induce sleepiness at night and wards off insomnia. And it tastes better than warm milk, in my opinion. What is your trick to getting a good nights rest? Counting sheep or soothing ocean waves? Please share with us!
Have a great week! And…