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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Stone Fruit Season Is Here!

Stone Fruit Season

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 →

Cherries —Six Short Weeks of Sweet Cherry Bliss

Sweet California cherries

Sweet California cherries

Cherries are one of the most anticipated summer fruits. The short California cherry season generally begins in mid May, hits its peak by the end of May, and tapers off considerably by mid June. However, the 2015 season arrived three weeks earlier than usual due to the strange weather pattern we’ve been experiencing. Little rain and mild winters have resulted in fruit being ripe and ready to harvest much earlier.

In an article by Mike Hornick,  The Packer explained the 2014 cherry crop disaster. “Last year was a near crop failure,” Rich Sambado, sales manager for Stockton-based Primavera Marketing Inc. “This year looks a lot better but is not a huge crop.” Continue Reading →

Avocados — The Perfect Food

California Grown Avocados

As Californians, we have so many things to be thankful for when it comes to fresh food. Avocados are certainly one of those things, and at our farmers market, we have three vendors supplying us with these sublime fruits. Given that California produces 95% of the avocados in the USA, this is not surprising.

The Haas avocado is the most widely grown, as it is worldwide. Overall, the Haas accounts for 80% of avocados grown. At one time, there were about 100 varieties grown in California, with the majority of them in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area and further south. Things like ease of growing and shipping account for the diminishing numbers, but also some of the older varieties have been eclipsed because their flavor is simply not as tasty as the Haas, Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, and Reed varieties seen most commonly. 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 →