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 Tomatoes.

Tomatoes are stereotypically red in color, but a trip to the farmers' market will reveal heirloom tomatoes in a variety of colors and shapes: yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, and even striped. Unlike many commercial cultivars that are bred for consistentcy of size and shape, disease and pest resistance, and suitability for mechanized picking and shipping, heirlooms are bred for taste and uniqueness. Their flavors range from acidic to sweet and everything in between.

Tomatoes contain lycopene one of nature's most powerful antioxidants which is beneficial for the heart and helps prevent prostate cancer.

Tomatoes pair exceptionally well with herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, and oregano.

Click here to find producers growing tomatoes.

Click here to find recipes using tomatoes.

Nutritional Information

One serving of tomatoes is 1 cup, chopped or sliced.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 180 g  

Amount Per Serving
Calories 32 Calories from Fat 3
  % Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 1%
  Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
  Trans Fat 0 g  
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 9 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7 g 2%
  Dietary Fiber 2 g 9%
  Sugars 5 g  
Protein 2 g  

Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 38%
Calcium 2% Iron 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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.