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 Lettuce.
Lettuces can be calssified into four broad categories: Butterhead, Crisphead or Iceberg, Romaine, and Loose Leaf. Some lettuces (especially iceberg) have been specifically bred to remove the bitterness from their leaves and have a high water content. The bitter and pigmented lettuce leaves have more complex flavors and contain more nutrients, including important antioxidants and minerals.
Lettuce is the quintessential vehicle for raw vegetable consumption, forming the base for the most delicious of salads. Discover a new variety at your farmers' market today!
Click here to find producers growing lettuce.
Click here to find recipes using lettuce.
One serving of lettuce is 1 leaf, inner.
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.