The Sonora Certified Farmers’ Market
Our Featured Author on September 21st is
Wendy Ledger who wrote
The Loudest Meow
Jem, a calico cat, knows she is not meant to be in the afterlife. Not yet. She’s certainly not ready to face the cats she knew before. Not now. Maybe not ever.
Clearly, a mistake has been made. Surely, it can be corrected, and Jem can return home to her life on earth.
All of this could then be written off as one very bad dream.
But when would the nightmare end?
Join Jem and a host of magnificent cats on a journey to the other side.
What’s hot at the Farmer’s Market in the fall
The tomatoes are the star right now, from funky heirloom tomatoes to cheerful cherry tomatoes, you’ll find tons of variety this time of year. Try thinking outside the box about the way you can use them.
Chanterelle Mushrooms These bizarre-looking mushrooms are a “true delicacy,” Carey said. If you love mushrooms, pick up some of these seasonal treats to add earthy undertones to your summer sauces and soups. Here is an extensive guide on how to use these funky fungi.
Cherries at the tail end of the markets around the world, cherries abound! Be sure to scoop these up during the last few weeks that they are available. Summer desserts prove to be perfect fodder for cherry-themed baked goods including cherry frangipane tarts and fresh cherry pies. Cherries can be eaten raw, but can also be turned into something a bit more decadent like cherry jam or boozy cherries.
Limes are a rich source of vitamin C and dietary fibers. Whether you are making guacamole or garnishing your favorite summer margarita, add limes to your summer shopping list. And fair warning: the season for limes can be short. “So get them now and freeze the juice, or quartered fruit,” Haber suggests, “so you can use it for the rest of the year.”
Zucchini and summer yellow squash are superb at markets all over now. In Israel, you’ll find a unique variation on squash that are called Armenian cucumbers.. “[They] look like light-colored, hairy cucumbers,” Haber said. “Absolutely refreshing and delicious. Crisp, moist and refreshing
Eggplants with their deep purple hue, eggplants are an extraordinary farmer’s market purchase during the summer. If you’re a fan of Mediterranean flavors, take advantage of the elegant eggplant’s prevalence. Make a classic charred eggplant salad or try this simple twist on eggplant parmesan.
Top Ten Reasons Why Shopping at Farmers’ Market is Better
1. A Healthy Lifestyle
Farmers present large colorful displays of just-picked, vine-ripened, and best-tasting produce for thousands of health-minded shoppers every week.
2. Friendly Community
At farmers’ markets, you always see people talking to one another. They enjoy visiting with others–farmers, friends, and new acquaintances–and having a good time. Markets bring community elements together including fishermen, farmers, bakers, and families.
With few exceptions, produce is brought to market the same day or within a day of picking. That’s fresh! Fresh products are crisp, have good texture, and taste better.
Fruits like peaches, and produce like strawberries and tomatoes are picked when ripe, not before. Ripened on the tree or vine adds significantly to flavor.
Farmers bring many different varieties of just about every product. Several examples of the variety found the farmers’ market are: Spitzenberg and Braeburn are among the 70 plus apple varieties, Tuscan and Russian are a couple of the different kinds of kale, and lemon and Thai are two of two of the basil types. Variety provides a great healthy way to enrich ones life.
You simply can not compare the volume, variety, quality, and freshness of flowers at the farmers’ markets with what grocery stores offer. With the exception of greenhouse roses, the types of flowers at the market vary with the season. For example, in February-March there are fantastic tulips, and during the summer there are tuberose, sunflowers, zinnias, and many more.
7. Meet the Farmers
This is really an advantage. Since the person you buy the product from is the farmer, or his/her employee, you can ask anything about the product, for example, where it was grown, what variety it is, if the product was sprayed, and cooking suggestions.
8. Support Family-operated Small Farms
Each stall space is used by a different farm. By shopping at farmers’ markets, you are supporting these family operated small farms.
9. Reduce the Carbon Footprint
Distance produce travels from farm to you via a grocery store is often greater than 1000 miles. Transport to and storage at the store often requires refrigeration, and these result in carbon dioxide emissions. At our farmers’ markets average distance traveled is less than 50 miles and there is no refrigeration or storage. Buying at a farmers’ market results in less carbon dioxide emissions.
10. California Grown
At the farmers’ market you know that all produce sold at our farmers’ markets is grown in California, not Mexico, not China, nor anywhere else in the world.
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