California Fresh Farmers' Market Update

2017

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

Spring Season at the Certified Farmers' Market


ALL MARKETS ARE OPEN FOR THE SEASON!


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.  We expect a few crops to be delayed, but hope for a strong spring and summer season for those who were able to weather the tough conditions.  We greatly appreciate your vital support of our family farms over the lean (and sometimes mean) winter. 
  • Fresh garlic and spring onions are ready now for springy stir-frys, soups, and sauces.  So fragrant and tender!  Tastes just like spring.
  • 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 the coastal areas of California, from Monterey to Ventura, are now sweet and red straight through.  As the rain clouds turn to sunshine, we will soon have the delicate juicy strawberries from Sacramento County as well.  We may even have a small batch from a local patch this weekend.
  • Cherries are here! Blueberries too!
  • Many kinds of citrus and kiwifruits are still going strong 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. 
  • This season's root veggies have benefited from the cool winter nights and the late rain, making them sweet and now plump.  Try twice-roasting different colored beets, carrots and turnips.  Toss chopped veggies with olive oil and salt.  Bake them spread out on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 425 degrees.  Mix in garlic and rosemary and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until slightly crispy and tender. Serve warm with cool sour cream and black pepper.
  • 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.
  • Fresh sugar snap peas made their first appearances this week.  Bundles of dainty green pea shoots will also available for a short while.  A few fava beans have arrived. And quite soon we will be seeing pretty bunches of sweet pea flowers to decorate the table.