Maple syrup is naturally beneficial to our health thanks to all of the nutrients it contains, as well as its anti-inflammatory compounds. It also contains many natural antioxidants that are reported to have anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-diabetic properties. The amazing nutrients that naturally occur in pure maple syrup are:
Manganese – aids in energy production & improves overall mental stability
Zinc – helps the immune system & important bodily functions such as cellular growth & regeneration
Calcium – great for strengthening bones & teeth
Riboflavin – aids in metabolic processes
Magnesium – associated with lowered risk of heart disease
Potassium – helps to maintain a normal blood pressure
Ohio maple syrup season is just beginning. The weather determines the local season, so stay tuned to our social media pages for when we have it in our market. Misty Maples from Salem is our producer and makes wonderful, award-winning syrup. Enjoy some of these farm-favorite recipes to enjoy this seasonal treat.
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1 7- to 8-lb. boneless ham, spiral-cut, if desired
½ cup pure maple syrup
Whole-grain mustard, optional
In a large slow cooker, stir together brown sugar and mustard until the sugar has dissolved. Place ham in the slow cooker and turn, rubbing mustard mixture all over. Pour maple syrup over ham. Cover and cook on low until heated through 4 to 5 hours. Remove ham to a cutting board and let rest, loosely covered with foil, for 10 minutes. Pour sauce into a serving bowl. Slice ham and serve with sauce on the side. Top ham with a dollop of whole-grain mustard, if desired.