Let Grilling Season Begin!
Summertime and the livin' is easy...

Barbecues – on the beach or in your backyard – once June arrives, alfresco dining is in. Round up your friends and family and fire up the grill. Whether you are grilling hamburgers, steaks, fish, lamb or veggies, we have a collection of marinade recipes that will make meals sizzle with flavor!

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.

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.

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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Pears – Sweet Pleasures of Autumn

Autumn pear harvest

Autumn pear harvest

Pears are one of the world’s most alluring fruits with its voluptuous contour and buttery textured flesh. A perfectly ripe, luscious pear is without peer as a sweet pleasure of autumn. This ancient fruit captured the praise of the well-known Greek poet, Homer (8th century B.C.), who referred to pears as a “gift of the gods.” The Romans developed over 50 varieties of pears and introduced the cultivated pear to Europe.

The California Bartlett is an ancestor of a pear originating in Berkshire, England from the 17th century. California grown pears include Bartlett, Bosc, Sekel, Comice, Starkrimson (red pears), D’Anjou, Forelle, Packhams, Taylor’s Gold,  and Warrens.

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Apples – A Pajaro Valley Legacy

Pajaro Valley Apples

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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A Passion for Summer Tomatoes

California Heirloom Tomatoes

California Heirloom Tomatoes

Not even an epic drought stops the abundant tomato harvest in California. Despite the water shortages, it looks like another record year for tomatoes. Whew. 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? Continue Reading →

The New Oil Boom — California EVOO



When you think of “olive oil,” what geographic area comes to mind? Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal…or California? Most Americans would think of one of these four European countries because they produce 93% of the world’s olive oil. You may find it surprising that while the golden state produces only a tiny percentage of olive oil for the US market, it produces 99% of all Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) made in the USA. Continue Reading →

Cornbread – Made in the USA


American Cornbread

Cornbread is an all-American bread, tracing its humble roots back to the days of the early settlers. When the first colonists arrived in North America, wheat flour was unavailable and they had to turn to local resources to make their breads. Corn was one of the first crops to be grown by the Native Americans, and ground corn had long been used for cooking. The settlers soon learned how to fashion breads from the meal ground from corn. And the rest is history – baked cornbread, hoecake, corn pone, johnnycakes, hushpuppies – all began here.

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