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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.

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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!

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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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Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen

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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 →

A Passion for Summer Tomatoes

California Heirloom Tomatoes

California Heirloom Tomatoes

Where would we be without our favorite summer fruit? How many other fruits or vegetables have a song written about them?

Native to the Americas, at one time feared as poisonous due to its family ties (nightshades), the tomato is now one of the most popular of foods. Quick, how many things can you think of which feature tomatoes?

Starting with just ketchup, pizza, and spaghetti, think about how popular the tomato is. So many foods and dishes use tomatoes, in either in a starring or supporting role. Not bad considering it wasn’t until the late 1700s that tomatoes began to find their way into the dining room in any quantity. Continue Reading →

The Art and Science of Successful Preserves

Apricot jam

Blenheim Apricot Jam

It’s officially jam making season — and the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets are a jam maker’s paradise right now! In early June, almost all of the berries are in season including strawberries, olallieberries, blackberries, blueberries, loganberries, raspberries, and gooseberries with a short season of cherries and Blenheim apricots overlapping. Early stone fruits have also arrived — plums, apriums, pluots, and by the end of June, the stalls will be full of ripe peaches and nectarines. If you’re up for a little hiking and wild foraging, you’ll also find wild elderberries later in the season.

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