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.

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.

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.

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!

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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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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Rhubarb — Old Fashioned Goodness

Sunday Brunch

For the Love of Rhubarb!

What is it about rhubarb — people either love it or hate it! Rhubarb is an old-time garden favorite, and my Southern grandmother always had a few plants tucked in amongst her roses. I remember her carrying a bundle of freshly cut red stalks from the garden into her kitchen and in no time at all, turn the stalks into a warm, rose-colored compote to spoon over vanilla ice cream. No doubt my own positive memory is associated with this delectable treat! However, it wasn’t until years later that I realized others didn’t share my fondness for rhubarb. Either they didn’t know what rhubarb was and hadn’t tasted it, or some didn’t like their first experience with it. How sad! Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →