California Fresh Farmers' Market Update

Spring 2019

Thank you so much for your loyal support of our farming families!

Important News

FOUR WEEKDAY MARKETS RE-OPEN

We are excited to return.
Hope to see you there!   
 
 
Wednesday, May 1st   
10 AM to 1:30 PM
Cesar Chavez Plaza 
10th & J Streets 
 
Thursday, May 2nd  
10 AM to 1:30 PM 
Capitol Mall 
6th & Capitol 

Tuesday, May 7th
10 AM to 1:30 PM
Roosevelt Park  
10th & P Streets  
and 
Fremont Park 
15th & Q Streets
 
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What's in season?
 
While we are all grateful for an answer to our serious drought woes, the heavy winter rain has made planting and harvesting quite difficult, and even impossible for some.
 
Some farmers have even commented that they feel like they were growing mud these last several months.  
 
We expect a few crops to be delayed, but hope for a strong mid-spring and summer season for those who were able to weather the tough conditions.  
 
We greatly appreciate your vital support of our family farms year round.
 
   Fresh garlic and spring onions are ready now for springy stir-frys, soups, and sauces. So fragrant and tender!
 
   The first of the blueberries are here!
 
Fresh snow and sugar snap peas made their first appearances this month. We even saw a small assortment of silky sweet pea flowers. Bundles of dainty green pea shoots will also available for a short while.
 
   A few fava beans have arrived. The smaller the pod, the more tender the bean.
 
   Asparagus has made a few appearances at market. Make sure to grab a bunch while it lasts, hopefully for one more month, give or take.
 
   Strawberries from all areas of California, from Monterey to Ventura and even Sacramento, are now sweet and red. The first pick from the Albion plants have yielded some very large berries this year. 
 
   Many kinds of citrus and a few apples are holding up. While their peak harvest season has drawn to a close, these fruits have excellent lasting power. Keep them dry to store. Juice fresh lemons and blood oranges now and freeze in your ice cube trays for future tart concoctions and recipes. Add some zest for extra aromatic delight.
 
   Leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, chard, mustard greens, and kale are benefiting from ample water and light without the distressing heat. It really is a wonderful time for fresh green salads.

Cherries are a little delayed this year compared to seasons past, and are just now starting to gain color.

And of course, there's more... Just come out and see! 

OTHER NEWS

A little bug poses a huge threat to California agriculture. It's called the Oriental Fruit Fly and several flies have been found recently in Sacramento, specifically near the intersection of Stockton Boulevard and Elder Creek Road.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will be working to eradicate this insect so it doesn't get a chance to reproduce and lay waste to California's crops.

Many of our markets are within the large quarantine zone (see map in the photo below) which means most fruits and some vegetables will be safeguarded at the farmers' stands, currently with plastic or netted barrier materials.

map

The concern is that farmers entering and exiting our quarantine zone with their produce could be putting their own growing areas at risk.

The CDFA, with the cooperation of the public, have successfully eradicated this fly in the past, saving millions of dollars in potential loss. We are hoping for similar success in this instance.

More information can be found here: www.california-grown.com/mobile/PDF/OFF.pdf

On behalf of our farmers, thanks for your patience and understanding. Please help spread the word.