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There's nothing better than sitting down to sweet summer corn on the cob, hot off the grill. Sweet corn is a real treat that's hard to top for flavor, freshness, and just plain delicious summer fun.
Unlike field corn varieties, which are harvested when the kernels are dry and mature (dent stage), sweet corn is picked when immature (milk stage) and prepared and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain. You’ll find white, yellow, and bi-color sweet corn at the farmers’ markets right now and it will be available through most of October. More here....
Email newsletter distributed on August 1, 2014 - Read more...
Among all the wonderful summer produce that's out there now (corn, summer squash, tomatoes, stone fruit, peppers) are sweet little berries. Berries are the super food of the fruit world with loads of nutritional power and great taste, all in tasty little packages. California has the best micro climates for growing berries. The coastal, inland, and mountain climates are all growing regions for different varieties of berries. You won't find better at your local farmers' market. Read more about berries in this series.
Stone Fruit Season
Cherries, peaches, and nectarines started arriving very early this season. The drought has affected quantity but not the quality of cherries thus far. Light yields are expected and the season may be shorter than usual. Many farmers have had their water cut off, and those using well water are using it sparingly. Find out more about this year's cherry crop and what some of our farmers are going through in a special interview by PCFMA's Sarah Trent.
Crazy for Cherries
Fresh sweet cherries have come to the farmers' market. Burlats, Bings, Brooks, and other cherries will arrive. The season is very short, usually May to the end of June. California is home to over 600 cherry growers, farming over 26,000 acres from the fertile San Joaquin and Santa Clara valleys which have nutrient-rich soil, sunny days and mild nights. Can and preserve cherry jam, freeze pitted cherries for later use, or make a cherry pie. Get some now because these beauties are here for only a short time. Enjoy them while you can!
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