How the Farmers Market Can Help Turn Winter Blues Green

Rutherfordton, NC – January 15, 2020 – New Years, and especially new decades, are typically launched with ambitions of health and wellness, and the Rutherford County Farmers Market is a great place to get started. Whether the goal is weight loss, healthier eating habits, or a balanced diet, the Rutherford County Farmers Market offers products to support all three initiatives while also keeping your dollars local and with the farmers who carefully raise the products sold there.

Fight winter blues by adding these leafy greens to your diet year-round. Full of body-benefiting nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, here is a sample of the “winter blues-fighting” greens you can find at the Rutherford County Winter Farmers Market and the benefits of each product.


While available year-round at the Rutherford County Farmers Market, winter is kale’s prime time to shine. Kale thrives in colder weather, even snowy conditions, and is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. The robust green is also loaded with minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese and magnesium.

Collard Greens

Collard greens also flourish in cold weather, including freezing temps, making it a hearty plant to grown in the winter season. Some consumers even say collard greens taste better after being exposed to frost. Collard greens are full of calcium, making it a great alternative to dairy as a main source of the mineral. Vitamin K is also prevalent in collard greens making this leafy plant a great source of building and maintaining strong, healthy bones.


The baby of the greens family, microgreens are young vegetables, or the seedlings of vegetables and herbs. Microgreens come from a variety of adult plants including kale, broccoli, amaranth, basil, mustard, beet, parsley and more. Microgreens are rich in vitamin A and E, plus calcium and antioxidants. 

Turnip Greens

Related to kale and broccoli, turnip greens are high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, plus vitamins C, A and K. One cup of raw turnip greens can deliver more than a single day’s recommended amount of vitamin K.

Find these fresh, locally-grown products and so much more, like pastured pork and chicken and grass-fed beef, the first and third Saturday of every month through March inside Main Street Market in Rutherfordton. Start the new year and new decade off fresh, healthy and local.

About the Rutherford County Farmers Market

The Rutherford County Farmers Market Winter Market is held on the first and third Saturdays in November through March from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The Winter Market is located inside Main Street Market at 211 N. Main Street in Rutherfordton, NC. For more information, visit To sign up to be a vendor, please contact 843.597.3465 or email