California Fresh Farmers' Market Update

2016

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

Cool Season at the Certified Farmers' Market


We have five farmers' markets open year round, rain or shine!

WE ARE OPEN ON

CHRISTMAS EVE Saturday and CHRISTMAS DAY Sunday

and

NEW YEAR'S EVE Saturday and NEW YEAR'S DAY Sunday!

Ready for Market
  • For autumnal flair, check out the wild and beautiful colors and shapes of decorative gourds. If you're looking for something with a dual-purpose, pie pumpkins and winter squash of all varieties make homey seasonal decorations with a long shelf-life, and are perfect for baking when you are ready.  

 

  • Apples are here to sustain us through the fall. Apples have natural pectin which is a type of soluble fiber. Eating soluble fiber like natural pectin is a great way to lower harmful cholesterol in the bloodstream.

 

  • Delta pears will be reaching the end of the season soon, but many varieties of crisp and juicy asian pears will last for a long time.

 

  • Persimmons are another fall favorite that will liven up any fruit basket with their shiny orange color and their subtle cinnamon flavor. Traditional fuyu persimmons are flat on the bottom. Giant fuyus are bigger and rounder on the bottom.  You might even be able to find the pale speckled cinnamon persimmons.  These all can be eaten out of hand like an apple, and are both crunchy and smooth. Hachiya (also spelled Hychia) persimmons are heart-shaped and primarily used for baking in moist cookies and breads.

 

  • Both red and white pomegranates are for sale at the market right now. The cracks indicate ready fruit. A flinch-free way to remove the seeds is to do so while the fruit is submerged in water. Put a colander inside of a large pot and cut the fruit open under the surface.  As you pull the fruit apart, the seeds will sink and the pithy parts will float.  Get all the ruby-like seeds out at once and store them in the refrigerator for an easy snack later.

 

  • Eating green veggies--such as fresh broccoli, cabbage, green onions, spinach, kale and chard--is one of the best ways to boost your beta-carotene and vitamin C intake, which help you to fend off pesky viruses.

 

  • Citrus fruits of all kinds from the valley and the foothills have already made their first appearances.  Mandarins are in!

 

  • One large kiwi fruit provides over 80 mg of vitamin C and 3 grams of dietary fiber, even without the edible skin. Kiwi fruit is also an excellent source of vitamin K, an important component to both blood and bone health.

 

  • Sweet potatoes are so much tastier when they don't come from a can. Try baking medallions of Garnet sweet potatoes with accents of citrus and carmelized tree nuts. Also, you may call them yams, but you should know that a real yam is actually quite a different tuber that grows outside of the United States and can weigh up to 150 pounds!

 

  • The freshest almonds and walnuts, just recently harvested are also ready for baked goods and snacks.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING US!