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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Salad Sunday- Farmers Market Salad



I got a chance to go to the West Allis Farmers market on Saturday. It is one of the oldest markets in Wisconsin. It has been held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays long before these markets became popular.

I don't get to go often due to my travel, training and race schedule.  August is a great time to go and buy local produce.  When my mom was alive I would often take her and she loved the market.

She would always want to go early so she could go to the chicken vendor and buy chicken feet for her homemade soup before they ran out.  She swore it made the soup taste better, we all thought it was kind of weird.  Turns out those feet are high in collagen with lots of healthy benefits.  I always think of her when I go to the farmer's market.

I feel like I am getting healthier food when I buy from local growers. I go and buy what looks good and then decide how to use it when I get home.  Most of the ingredients for today's salad came from my garden or the farmers market. Hope you enjoy it.

Farmers Market Salad

8 medium size tomatoes
1/2 large purple onion
2 large cucumbers
1 8 ounce package baby balls of fresh mozzarella

Cut tomatoes in half and seed, Then cut into bite size pieces.  Cut ends off of cucumber and discard. Cut the rest into bite size chunks.  Slice and chop the onion. Add all to a large salad bowl. Add the cheese and toss to mix.  Add the dressing and mix well. Chill for a couple of hours to let the flavors blend.

Dressing
 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
large hand full of fresh basil

Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a blender.

Serves 6

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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and will represent the US at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6


Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 196 members in 37 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org


CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

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