Blueberries
The Superstar of Berries!

Blueberries are indigenous to North America and have deep roots in our country's history. According to legend, Native American Indians gave dried blueberries to the pilgrims to help them survive their first winter. Bursting with flavor and nutrition, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and make an easy snack or delicious addition to any meal of the day.

Cherry Season
Life is a Bowl of California Cherries

Cherries are one of the most anticipated early summer fruits. Cherry season — all six weeks of it — arrived much earlier this year by almost three weeks! Generally it starts in mid-May and is over by the end of June. California cherries are prized for their superior size, crisp juicy texture, and deep flavor. Despite continuing drought conditions, cherry production for the 2015 season is expected to be much better.

Local Raw Milk and Cream
Schoch Dairy’s motto —“Quality over quantity.”

Raw milk from from grass fed cows contains higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), vitamins, and a wide range of minerals. Schoch's Family Farmstead raw milk is creamy, full flavored and delicious. Learn how to make homemade kefir, a cultured milk beverage full of healthy probiotics using raw milk.

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.

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.

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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Pastry Chefs Secret Ingredient — Duck Eggs

Pastured Duck Eggs

Located in the foothills of Watsonville, Mello-Dy Ranch is home to over 400 Khaki Campbells, a heritage breed of ducks. This five-generation family also grows apples, berries, squash, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, apricots, beans, lemons, persimmons, pears, along with pasture raised chickens, ducks and quail.

What’s the Difference Between a Chicken Egg and a Duck Egg?
If you’ve never tried duck eggs, you may be wondering how they differ from chicken eggs. Duck eggs are larger than some chicken eggs, but not by much. They are about the size of a jumbo chicken egg, slightly more oblong in shape, and have harder, off-white or grayish shells. The yolks are a deeper shade of orange gold than chicken eggs. Continue Reading →

Make Ahead Easter Brunch

Sunday Brunch

Easy Weekend Brunch

Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch for the family or having a few friends over for a leisurely Sunday get together, hosting a brunch is very easy. Most of the prep can be done ahead of time, which means you get to enjoy the party too!

A brunch menu includes a selection of both savory and sweet foods which can be served buffet style. Main dishes such as overnight French toast, quiche, crêpes, savory strata or frittatas are easy to assemble and bake before guests arrive. Add fresh fruit, a variety of breakfast sausages or ham, and some freshly baked muffins and you have a welcoming spread.

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Traditional Honey Glazed Ham

Traditional Sliced Honey Glazed Ham

Traditional Honey Glazed Ham

If you love a juicy ham with a crunchy, sweet crust, this is your go-to recipe. For best results, be sure to order a quality smoked bone-in ham from Corralitos Market and Sausage Company. Allow about 2 hours and 25 minutes for prep and cooking, and an additional 20 minutes for resting time.

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Mushrooms — Earthy Hidden Treasures

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Monterey 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, and Portobellos. And they can all be found at the Aptos Farmer’s Market. New Natives offers shiitake and oyster mushrooms, and Blanca at Global Mushroom carries Portobello, cremini and white button mushrooms. Continue Reading →

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 →