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 Beets.
Beets are closely related to Swiss chard and have a similar tall, ribbed leaf, with the addition of a sweet root bulb. The leaves are often consumed young in salads or mature in soups and stews; the root bulb is usually shaved raw or roasted and sliced. The roots range in color from blood red to bright golden-orange; the leaves may also be deep red or, more often, dark green with red ribs. The Chioggia beet is an Italian heirloom variety known for its red and white concentric circles that have a striking appearance when sliced.
The super sweet flavor of beet roots and the nourishing properties of beet leaves make them both an excellent addition to soups, stews, roasts, and salads with other root vegetables, citrus, vinegar, or mustards.
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One serving of beets is 1 beet, (2" dia).
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.