Families enjoy a U Pick 'Em Farm in Davenport, CA, where strawberries grow by the sea!!
A farmer's market changes continuously as new products come into season. Last week at the end of May, cherries, corn, and peaches appeared suddenly. It feels like nature's fashion show.
One benefit of a farmer's market for the consumer is that the food offered is just hours old, often picked the day or morning before the market opened.
Recently I shot some photos that really illustrate this freshness. Look at the leaves on these strawberries, which came from a farm stand right on the ocean, just north of Santa Cruz. The strawberries are very sweet while their tops look so fresh and green:
And the types of artichokes and fresh young garlic you can buy from a farmer versus a grocery store have a much different aesthetic. These specimens came from Hollister, CA, and they are 1 day old and gorgeous:
Now you can see what new garlic (ail nouveau) looks like before it is dried and sold as a white bulb. The flavor of fresh garlic is very delicate.
The artichokes are almost sculpture-like in their appearance.
The cherries are very fresh and they appear almost painted in various shades of red. The leaf from the tree was found in their quart container and it gives away their young age:
The silk on the sweet, white corn is so white and dry:
And the flesh of the peaches and apricots is ripe, juicy and sweet in this sliced salad:
Laura Parker, a fine art painter, and author of Taste of Place, has an excellent activity that she does in her art installations and when I read about it I wanted to share it with all of you because I thought it is such a fun activity for a nutrition, cooking, or grocery tour class. She presents dirt for people to smell and then has them eat the produce that came from that dirt. This might be a great way for you to bring a market to your next presentation!
Of course if you don't want to go to all that trouble, check out 8 new Food Art Posters, just published in our Nutrition Education Store store today. You can display these in your cafeteria, office, class, or wellness fair. Each one has a story about the award-winning photo that is featured in the poster:
If you are ready to go to a market you can see all of the articles and tips we have published here from handouts to cooking demos to meals made entirely on a BBQ or fun dinner ideas with a market basket.
Want more stories about how shopping local helps farmers and the community? Visit CivilEats.com and their Local Food channel.
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.