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 Cabbage.
Cruciferous vegetables are the edible members of the cabbage and mustard families, cruciferae and brassicaceae. According to the American Cancer Society, regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of cancer: members of the cabbage-family contain more phytonutrients that protect against cancer than any other vegetable family. Cruciferous vegetable also contain high amounts of soluble and insoluble fibers that contribute to healthy colons, stable blood sugar, and reduced cholesterol levels.
Steam, bake, or stir-fry cabbage until soft or slightly browned, along with flavors like dill, fennel, celery, mustard, vinegars, potatoes, or mushrooms. Pickle cabbage to make sauerkraut, a natural fermentation product that contains billions of healthful lactobacilli bacteria.
Click here to find producers growing cabbage.
Click here to find recipes using cabbage.
One serving of cabbage is 1 cup, shredded.
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.