This Week's Featured Product is Peanuts

Known as a goober in Africa and monkey nuts in the UK, peanuts are neither a pea nor a nut, but rather a member of the legume family along with beans and lentils. Their popularity began in the US when George Washington Carver revitalized post-civil war agriculture with the suggestion of peanut crops along with the invention of more than three hundred methods for processing peanuts. They got another boost when Dr. John Harvey Kellog suggested peanut butter as a protein source for ailing elderly patients with poor dentition, as peanuts are high in vitamins and minerals.

The peanuts found at today's farmers' market are raw, unshelled, and uncooked. Boil them in salty water while still in the shell to cook them.

You can purchase peanuts from Yia Moua Farm or another of the local farmers selling peanuts.

The Yia Moua family has been farming since 1988. Before entering the farmers markets, they had only sold their products in the Merced area and in 2001 they we able to expand their business. They have 20 acres.

Once you get your purchases home, check out our delicious recipes using peanuts.

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