The Secret to Great Soup
Making Delicious Stocks for Your Soups

Delicious soup starts with a well-crafted stock or ‘bone broth,’ its trendier new name. The foundation of richly flavored stocks are meat or poultry bones along with assorted vegetables, herbs, and spices. Roasting bones and vegetables prior to making stock enhances the depth of flavor. Find out how to make the best-ever stocks for your soups.

California Citrus
Winter is Citrus Time in California!

Midwinter is peak time for California citrus fruits and when they are at their juiciest and sweetest. You'll find a large selection of lemons, kumquats, grapefruit, clementines and several varieties of oranges at the farmers markets through spring. One of our favorites is the Meyer lemon with its distinctive floral, slightly sweet taste highly aromatic peel.

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.

Healthy Kale
A Nutritional Powerhouse

Kale, the queen of the greens, is loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, along with vitamin E (antioxidant), calcium, phytonutrients, and helps lower cholesterol — not only is it one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, it tastes great in salads, braises, soups and even smoothies. Here are some tips for selecting, storing and prepping winter greens from our market chef.

Microgreens
A Nutritional Powerhouse

Microgreens are seedlings of various herbs and vegetables that are harvested without roots just 7 to 14 days after germination. Recent research studies showed that microgreens are four to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts. Vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin E levels were highest among red cabbage, garnet amaranth, and green daikon radish microgreens.

Artisan Yogurt
Sheep milk yogurt by Garden Variety Cheese

Garden Variety Cheese is a small farmstead cheese business based out of Monterey County on 40 acre Monkeyflower Ranch. Made in small batches with fresh milk from their flock of pasture-raised sheep, their sheep milk yogurt is extra thick and luscious with a pleasant tang. It’s delicious for breakfast mixed with fruit and granola, or added to a smoothie.

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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Confessions of a Foodie on a Diet

The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

At some point, many of us will probably hear the dreaded words, “Your cholesterol is elevated and we are concerned about (fill in the blank)” from our doctors. My husband and I had our wake-up call this past Fall after our annual check-ups and had to face the music about a few too many pizza nights and In-N-Out burgers. Ironically, I love to cook well-balanced meals with lots of veggies and make a good portion of my living writing about healthy food. (How embarrassing!) But, with a demanding schedule and long hours, it was getting easier and easier to resort to something quick and simple — and unhealthy. Continue Reading →

The Secret to 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 →

Power Up Your Diet with Microgreens!

Sprouts Microgreens

Nutrient Dense Microgreens

Here’s an easy way to improve your diet – add microgreens. Ounce for ounce, microgreens provide more nutrients than any other natural food known. Microgreens are seedlings (young plants) between seven and ten days old that have sprouted from seed, but don’t yet have true leaves. These super-food seedlings are naturally high in quality protein, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and anti-oxidants, and have few calories and no cholesterol. We are fortunate to have New Natives at the Aptos Farmers Market year-round, selling a wide variety of organic microgreens – a true living food. 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 →

The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Traditional Turkey Dinner

Whether you’re planning a traditional feast for 20 people or cooking Thanksgiving dinner for a few special friends, we have a collection of holiday recipes that are 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 →