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 Peas.
Peas come in three major varieties: garden, snow, and snap. Garden peas are usually shelled before eaten; snow peas are consumed young with the pod; and snap peas can be consumed either way, depending upon their maturity. Their sweet taste and tender texture provides a nice contrast to savory curries, soups, and stews; they are well-complimented by aromatics like onion, garlic, and mint. As with most delicacies, peas begin to lose their sweetness and flavor quickly after harvest, so look for the freshest at your local farmers' market.
Peas are available from cool California coastal farms during summer months, usually beginning in April and finishing by November.
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One serving of peas is 1 cup, whole.
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.