Summer Catch is In!
Calamari, anyone?

Fresh market squid (also known as calamari) are at the height of the season this month. Additionally, rock fish (snapper), sea bass, ling cod and halibut are in good supply. Salmon is coming in from Oregon, Washington and Northern California where salmon season is still open. Learn how easy it is to prepare calamari!

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.

Summer Salad Season
Salads are a year round favorite in California.

Californians eat lots of salads all year round, but summer salads are especially popular. Learn to make an easy vinaigrette salad dressing and how to turn it into your own signature salad dressing!

Favorite Summer Desserts
Ice cream is the quintessential summer dessert!

What better way to enjoy sweet, summer fruit? Ice cream is simple to make — just assemble your ingredients, chill and churn. Here are a few of our favorite ice cream recipes.

Edible Paradise :: Seasonal Cooking

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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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Apples – A Pajaro Valley Legacy

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Pajaro Valley Apples

Did you know that the Pajaro Valley used to be the apple capital of the United States in the early part of the last century? One historical account from 1894 described one apple packer that shipped roughly 6.5 million pounds from the Pajaro train station to the east coast. Without a doubt, the Pajaro Valley has played a significant role the apple industry.

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The Mediterranean Diet — Eat Like A Greek!

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EAT LIKE A GREEK!

A recent study published  in The New England Journal of Medicine confirmed what Greeks seemed to know all along — eating a Mediterranean diet rich in nuts, olive oil, vegetables, fresh fruit, legumes, fish, poultry and red wine has proven health benefits, especially for those at risk for heart disease. Contrary to the popular belief that a low-fat diet was best for cardiovascular health, the results of the new Mediterranean diet study were so clearly evident that the researchers ended the trial early.

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Pastry Chefs’ Secret Ingredient — Duck Eggs!

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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 →

Welcome to the NEW Edible Paradise!

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We are excited to announce the launch our new and improved Edible Paradise, the companion website to the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets. Both of our websites were completely redesigned and have some new features we hope you’ll enjoy.

What’s New
A new section, Fresh at the Market will provide information about fresh seasonal produce that you’ll find at the farmers markets. On the Hook, will give you an idea about which fish are in season and what will be available each week at the markets. Don’t know much about seafood? Look it up in the new seafood seasonal guide. Continue Reading →

Stone Fruit Season Is Here!

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Stone Fruit Season

Stone fruit season has arrived and the markets are brimming with sweet, juicy peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, pluots and apriums. Did you know California grows about 90 percent of the nectarines and plums grown in the US, and produces about 60 percent of all the peaches?

With over 200 varieties of peaches, 200 varieties of plums, and about 175 varieties of nectarines, it’s easy to get confused about the flavor and color characteristics! Here’s a quick reference for stone fruits. Continue Reading →