Sweet Potato vs Yam

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This is the last farmers market to shop before Thanksgiving

You don’t have to know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam to realize this is the last chance before Thanksgiving to pick up your fresh produce, baked goods, and specialty items from the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. No matter what is on your shopping list, you’ll find the best selections in historic downtown on November 23, 2019. Do you need to get fresh baked rolls, or fresh bread for your homemade dressing? Ferra’s Bakery and Great Harvest make their breads in the early morning hours before they head to Amelia Island to participate in the farmers market; it doesn’t get much fresher than that. Are you looking to make a gluten-free stuffing? Then check out the bread selection from Dee at Something Good Bakery. Do you need fresh corn, bell peppers, and lima beans for your Thanksgiving succotash? Be sure to stop by the Boatright Family Farm booth to hand select your own. New potatoes, baking potatoes, and sweet potatoes are all available at King’s Kountry Produce. This small family farm makes the drive from Starke, Florida to Fernandina Beach every Saturday to bring you their bountiful harvest. Green beans? They’ve got ’em!

Did you offer to bring dessert to dinner? Me, Myself and Pies will have a variety of sweet and savory pies, Gana Pecans will have raw pecans for your traditional pecan pie, and to make my personal favorite, our farmers will have sweet sugar pumpkins, too.

If you need to pick up a host or hostess gift, or you have company or family in town that you simply just want to get out of the house, send them to North Seventh Street where the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open adjacent to the farmers market. With nearly 30 booths of handmade arts and crafts, and live music by the talented Chris Loomis, your visitors are all but guaranteed to have a good time.

So, do you know the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? While chefs may use them interchangeably in recipes, for the record, a sweet potato is a different vegetable than a yam. The skin of a sweet potato is smoother than the skin of a yam, which looks more like tree bark. A sweet potato is also sweeter tasting, and a yam has a more neutral flavor. Yams are frequently found in Caribbean dishes, and are native to Asia and Africa – where 95% of yams are grown. The African “nyami,” translates to “yam” in English. Specialty, international and ethnic grocery stores often carry yams, but most grocery stores are selling sweet potatoes as a yam. We can blame some of the confusion on Louisiana. Their sweet potato growers association marketed their pale skin sweet potatoes as yams back in the 1930s to gain more of the market share and for nearly 100 years, the label stuck.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

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