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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Power Up Your Diet with Microgreens!

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Nutrient Dense Microgreens

Here’s an easy way to improve your diet – add microgreens. Ounce for ounce, microgreens provide more nutrients than any other natural food known. Microgreens are seedlings (young plants) between seven and ten days old that have sprouted from seed, but don’t yet have true leaves. These super-food seedlings are naturally high in quality protein, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and anti-oxidants, and have few calories and no cholesterol. We are fortunate to have New Natives at the Aptos Farmers Market year-round, selling a wide variety of organic microgreens – a true living food. Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Jujube Fruit

Jujubes or Chinese Date

Jujubes or Chinese Date

Fresh jujubes (pronounced joo-joob) are stone fruits about the size of small dates with a crisp texture and mild apple flavor. The taste ranges from mildly sweet-tart to sweet. Under-ripe fruit can taste chalky or floury, but jujubes gradually become sweeter as they mature. Despite their thick skin, the skin is edible, albeit a bit tough. Jujubes have a flavor affinity for almonds, brown sugar, chocolate, coconut, cream cheese, honey, orange, pistachios, and walnuts. Continue Reading →

Pomegranate — The Original Forbidden Fruit

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Pomegranate – The Original Forbidden Fruit

The name “pomegranate” derives from Latin pomum (‘apple’) and granatus (‘seeded’). Jewish scholars believe that the pomegranate was the original “forbidden fruit” of the Garden of Eden. The pomegranate has been a prominent symbol in many religions and cultures since Biblical times, when Moses promised his followers that they would find the fruit in the Promised Land, to the 18th century, when Spanish sailors introduced it to the southern United States. Cultivated since ancient times, the pomegranate is native to the region from Iran to northern India. The pomegranate is now cultivated widely in California and Arizona for juice production.

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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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