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 Watermelon.
Watermelons are a refreshingly juicy summer treat and are the perfect accompaniment to any party, picnic, or barbeque. They are best cut into pieces and enjoyed raw, but can also be used in salads or soups or blended into drinks. Choose firm, symmetrical fruit free of cracks, bruises, or soft spots. Ripe watermelon will have a healthy sheen, a dull rind, dried stem, and a buttery yellow underside where it touched the ground.
Once picked, watermelon will not ripen easily, making the farmers' market the ideal place to buy the freshest, juiciest, sweetest watermelons.
Click here to find producers growing watermelon.
Click here to find recipes using watermelon.
One serving of watermelon is 1 cup, diced.
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.