Things are heating up in the Central Valley! Heat mirages simmer over country roads and California sunshine beats down on ripe summer crops that crisscross the landscape from the Sierras to the Coastal Range.
While temperatures soar, so do your options for fresh, local produce! Our hot and dry Mediterranean climate is home to the greatest garden in the world, and this is most evident in the throes of summertime. The valley is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions supplying fully one-quarter of the food America eats with over 300 crops grown in this incredibly fertile pocket of land.
So take advantage of summer’s vibrant bounty at one of our Farmers Markets! Get inspired by the piles of colorful, juicy tomatoes, fresh ears of sweet corn and shiny peppers in every color of the rainbow! From juicy red strawberries, to icy cold watermelon to a sparkling glass of cool lemonade, you are sure to find some summertime favorites in these recipes below!
Some popular foods returning to the market are: Basil, Green Beans, Zucchini, Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Plums, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Onions, Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Lettuces, Chard, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Corn, New Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Oranges, Peaches, Plums, Melons, Figs, Watermelon, Grapes, Kiwi