California Fresh Farmers' Market Update

2017

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

Autumn at the Certified Farmers' Market


FIVE MARKETS ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND


. SPECIAL NOTE:

YES!
OUR YEAR-ROUND MARKETS ARE OPEN RAIN OR SHINE

YES!
WE WILL BE OPEN FOR LIMITED HOURS ON THANKSGIVING MORNING

Florin Sears Store
Florin Road & 65th Street
8:00 AM - 11 AM (Closing one hour early)




Ready for Market (and Thanksgiving!) 
  • For seasonal flair on your family table or even at the office, 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.  
  • 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.  Nutrition is one of the most valuable things California farmers provide. One of our field trip kids this week boasted about his bag full of locally grown goodies: "I'm filthy rich with Vitamin C!"
  • 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 likely be reaching the end of the season this month, but many varieties of crisp and juicy asian pears will last for a long time.  Grapes will also be hard to find now that the temperature is dropping.
  • 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. These can be eaten out of hand like an apple, and are both crunchy and smooth.  You can even add them, peeled and sliced, to your apple crisp or pie recipe for fall color, as their texture holds up very nicely. Hachiya (also spelled Hychia) persimmons are heart-shaped and primarily used when super soft for baking in moist cookies and breads.  They can be placed in the freezer to expedite ripening and will soften when thawed.
  • Both red and white pomegranates are for sale at the market right now. The cracks indicate very ready fruit or choose based on heft for the perfectly smooth ones.
  • Citrus fruits of all kinds from the valley and the foothills have already made their first appearances.  Mandarin farmers will begin selling their crop this month.
  • 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.
  • The freshest almonds and walnuts, just recently harvested are also ready for baked goods and snacks.