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Spring Greens Greek Salad

This is a quick and easy salad that utilizes some of the best of springtime and early summer veggies! This recipe serves 2, and is easy to double, triple or scale down for a light snack!
Ingredients:
2 cups mixed spring greens salad
2 cups shredded kale
1 cucumber, sliced
1 tomato, chopped
½ cup sliced red onion
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh minced oregano
½ teaspoon salt
How to Make:
Combine the spring greens, kale, cucumber, tomato, onion and cheese in a large bowl.
Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, oregano and salt in a small bowl. Pour over the lettuce mixture and toss until coated.

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Looking For a Specific Vendor? Ask at the Information Desk!

Spring is officially here! Its time to work on those home gardens to supplement your weekly farmers market haul.. and we have many wonderful vendors who sell live food producing and ornamental plants, herbs, shrubs and trees, ready to take home and put in the ground.

Just a friendly reminder, in our ongoing efforts to improve, expand and bring new vendors into our markets, the market map may shift around from time to time. If you are looking for a specific vendor, please ask at the information booth and we would be happy to point you in the right direction!
Images featured below are of Backyard Bouquet Nursery, which can be found next to Cottage Grove at our Saturday morning farmers markets. Backyard Bouquet Nursery sells many varieties of young plants, including over 30 varieties of heirloom variety tomatoes!

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Farm Tour at Organic Pastures Raw Milk Dairy in Fresno

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The Visalia Farmers Market will be traveling to Organic Pastures Raw Dairy Farm in Fresno on Friday, April 8th at 10:30am, for a FREE tour of the farm! The wonderful folks at Organic Pastures are happy to show their cows, dairy operation, and one-of-a-kind creamery!

During the tour we will go on a fun ride around the farm and learn about our ecosystem, the many health benefits of organic raw milk, everyday life on the farm, and how Organic Pastures keeps their cows happy and healthy. At the end of our tour, we will sample some of Organic Pastures delicious products!  There will be a fun kid’s zone with picnic tables and an activity play area if you wanted to bring snacks or a picnic lunch.
Please wear outdoor shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. 
Organic Pastures has an on-farm store if you wanted to take some products home. (Please bring your own ice chest!)
Guest parking is provided in front of the grey buildings as soon as you arrive at the farm.  The rear lot is designated for employee parking. Once you have arrived, please go to the front office to check-in. We hope to see you there!

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Learning the Lingo – What Are Certified Producers and Certified Agricultural Products?

This post is for your Farmers Market geeks out there, wanting to learn more about your local market! This week we are going to talk about what, exactly, a Certified Producer is, and what makes a Certified Agricultural Product!

Let us know if you learned anything new (or if there is anything else you would like to learn!)

Certified Producers

To sell at a Certified Farmers Market, a California Farmer must be authorized by the county agricultural commissioner. In addition to farmers, members of the farmers immediate family (parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, etc.) and / or their employees can sell agricultural products at the farmers market.
When you buy at the Visalia Farmers Market, you are truly buying, eating and supporting local!

Certified Agricultural Products

The term Certified Agricultural Products refers to fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables that have been grown in California by California farmers who practice the agricultural arts. In addition to the obvious fruits and veggies, Certified Agricultural Products also include eggs, honey, flowers and nursery stock!

Noncertified Agricultural Products

The term Noncertified Agricultural Products refers to certified agricultural products that have been lightly processed in some way. These are products that contain flavorings or seasonings – think jams, jellies, salted nuts, etc. All of these processed products at the market comply with all applicable labeling, health and safety laws and regulations.

You cannot eat any fresher than at your local Certified Farmers Market! If you would like to give the Farm to Fork lifestyle a shot, we invite you to come out and join us, and support a local family farm today!