Farmers' Market Products
All of the fresh fruits and vegetables in our farmers' market are brought to you by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crops. While the diversity of climate and growing areas in California allow for an incredible diversity of farm-fresh products to be available throughout the year, the fruits and vegetables the farmers harvest and that you will in the market changes with the seasons. Choose an item from the list at the left to learn more about some of the products in season now.
This week's featured product is Acorn squash.
The acorn squash, as the name suggests, is an oversized acorn-shaped winter squash with distinctive longitudinal ribs, a green-orange-black speckled skin, and sweet, yellow-orange flesh. To eat, scoop out the seeds and fibers, saving the seeds to roast and snack on.
Acorn squash are most commonly baked but can also be sauteed or steamed. When cut in half latitudinally, it forms a star-shaped bowl perfect for stuffing with aromatic vegetables like leeks, celery, and carrots along with grains like rice, paired with herbs like sage, curry, or oregano, and topped-off with dried fruits and nuts.
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One serving of acorn squash is 1 squash, (4 inch dia).
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2009. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata.