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 Artichokes.
California provides nearly all of the country's artichokes, and about 80% of these are grown in Monterey County, with Castroville proclaiming to be the "Artichoke Capital of the World." The Green Globe variety artichoke is available almost year-round, but the frosts of winter concentrate its' flavor and adds a characteristic russet color to this thistle. Artichokes are often steamed, baked, or boiled and used for dips or salads. Discover this gem of California at your local farmers' market.
Click here to find producers growing artichokes.
Click here to find recipes using artichokes.
One serving of artichokes is 1 artichoke, large.
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.