When it comes to just-picked produce, beautiful blooms and fresh-baked goods, it's hard to beat the summer offerings of farmers markets, including a new one in Discovery Bay. There are 16 in Contra Costa, with five here in East County. There is a nice variety of harvest out, with peaches in abundance right now. Soon, tomatoes and corn will follow. Discovery Bay: In addition to farm-fresh produce, Discovery Bay is serving up artisan cheeses, hand-harvested honey and other small-batch goods at the new market starting this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The weekly market has set up shop near the Boardwalk Grill, 5879 Marina Road. Antioch: Somersville Towne Center Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at Delta Fair Boulevard and Somersville Road, and features a delicious array of locally grown produce. Brentwood, Downtown: This site runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Nov. 16 at First Street between Chestnut and Oak streets. The iconic orchards of this area make this a popular market, which also features live music. Kaiser Permanente: This Antioch site runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 31 at 4501 Sand Creek Road. Situated near the medical center, this may give extra incentive to score healthful offerings the market offers. Pittsburg: Along with fresh goods, you get the charm of downtown Pittsburg from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 26 at Railroad Avenue and Sixth Street. The small-but-mighty site also offers family events.
According to the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, these markets all offer "market match" incentive programs. There is a $5 bonus when you purchase at least $10 in CalFresh/EBT tokens here. If you receive CalFresh benefits (food assistance), bring your EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. For more information, visit www.pcfma.com/markets.php.
If you're looking for even more local produce, there Brentwood Harvest Time has an abundance of farms where you can pick your own goods or buy from a roadside stand.
Harvest Time, a nonprofit organization, helps promote 40 local farmers who sell directly to area consumers. From alfalfa to berries and grapes, peaches, onions and walnuts, there is something to tempt your tummy. For more information, visit http://harvest4you.com.