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 Almonds.
Almonds are California's largest tree nut crop in total dollar-value and acreage. One million beehives, nearly half of the commercial beehives in the US, are trucked into California during the month of February to help pollinate California's almond orchards, as California is the only state that produces almonds commercially.
There are two types of almond trees: bitter and sweet. Bitter almonds are processed into oil and used mostly for cooking and aromatherapy. Sweet almonds are the varieties that we consume, as a nutrient-dense snack, topping, or filling. Due to recent federal regulations, unpasteurized, raw almonds are now only available at farmers' markets and farm stands.
Click here to find producers growing almonds.
Click here to find recipes using almonds.
One serving of almonds is 1 cup, sliced.
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.