Brussels Sprouts
A Very Healthy and Versatile Vegetable

A relative newcomer to the vegetable world, Brussels sprouts have only been around for five hundred years, whereas there are records of cabbages that go back three thousand years. Why the name ‘Brussels’ sprouts? It is thought that they have always grown near Brussels and they became associated with the area. Thomas Jefferson was an avid farmer, and his are the first records of Brussels sprouts in North America from 1812.

Homemade Apple Pie
Nothing Says “Home” Like Apple Pie

The Pajaro Valley, once known as the apple capital of the US, still produces a huge variety of flavorful, heirloom apples. One “secret” our best pie bakers shared is to use a couple of varieties in a pie, such as a combination of Jonagold and Mutsu apples. If you’re looking for a great pie recipe or need a fool-proof pie crust, here’s our best apple pie recipe collection!

Edible Paradise :: Seasonal Cooking

MBCFM Recipes

From Our Markets to Your Table

Edible Paradise celebrates the year-round abundance of the highest quality, freshest food grown on the Central Coast by our family farmers at the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets. If you enjoy preparing and eating locally grown food, this blog is for you!

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Mushrooms — Earthy Hidden Treasures

Monterey Winter Mushrooms

Did you know the Monterey Bay area is the second largest producer of mushrooms in the US and third in the world? Pennsylvania, where mushroom farming was pioneered, ranks first in the US for mushroom production. The Chinese learned mushroom farming in Pennsylvania for shiitake production and are the number one producer in the world.

What were once exotic are now commonplace — shiitakes, oysters, cremini, chanterelles, and Portobellos. Most varieties can be found at the Aptos Farmers Market. New Natives offers shiitake and oyster mushrooms, and Blanca at Global Mushroom carries Portobello, cremini and white button mushrooms. Continue Reading →

Secrets for Making Great Soups

Making Homemade Soup Stock

Making Homemade Soup Stock

With the cooler winter weather, now is the ideal time to make a big pot of stock for making hearty soups, richly flavored gravies, and side dishes. Homemade stock is simple to make and the secret to great tasting soups as well as many side dishes. It adds a depth of flavor to homemade soup that canned stock cannot. Continue Reading →

Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen

Homemade holiday gifts

holiday gifts made with love

If you are pondering making holiday gift ideas for friends or coworkers, you might not have to go any further than your own kitchen for inspiration. Ingredients like dried fruits and nuts are plentiful at the farmers markets, just in time for making some delectable confections or savory snacks.

Late fall and winter fruits make excellent fruit butters and chutneys. When elegantly wrapped or bottled, homemade products from your kitchen make memorable gifts. Here are some of our favorite recipes and gift ideas — Continue Reading →

Gather the Family for Thanksgiving Dinner

Traditional Turkey Dinner

Whether you’re planning a traditional Thanksgiving feast for 20 people or cooking a Friendsgiving dinner for a few special friends, we have a collection of holiday recipes that is sure to please. You’ll find holiday favorites such as apple and pecan pies (including a recipe for gluten-free pie crust), a helpful reference guide for roasting turkey, stuffing recipes, and lots of recipes for savory side vegetable dishes and condiments. Not enough time to do it all yourself? Many of our farmers and vendors offer a wide selection of unique, exquisite ready-to-go items, if you know where to shop! Continue Reading →

The Great Pumpkin Pie Debate

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Choose the Right Pumpkin for Pie

Ever wonder which pumpkins make the best pumpkin pies? Instead of reaching for a can of Libby’s commercially canned pumpkin, consider making your own delectable fresh pie filling with locally grown squash from the farmers market. But wait — which pumpkins are used for pies? Continue Reading →