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 Pears.
Pear season usually runs from late July to December, with some varieties continuing through February. A relative of the apple and quince, pears are sweet and juicy, range in texture from crunchy to soft, and are great in salads, desserts, or eaten raw. Bosc pears are best eaten crunchy, whereas D'Anjou and Williams pears are best eaten soft. Russeting, or brown spots, is a common and benign feature of many pears. To ripen a pear faster, place it in a paper bag or next to a banana.
Click here to find producers growing pears.
Click here to find recipes using pears.
One serving of pears is 1 medium.
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.