A new year is upon us, and this year Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association celebrates 25 years of bringing fresh California produce to local certified farmers markets in your neighborhood, delivered directly from farmer to you.
Celebrate with us as we offer special anniversary events at your market.
Right now there is fabulous citrus available, just in time to keep all those winter colds at bay. Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, it's a tasty way to prevent illness.
There are navel oranges, tangerines, blood oranges, kumquats, lemons, grapefruit and pomelos.
Farm-fresh eggs are here too to add a little protein to your diet.
Nunez Farm and Halog Farm have very fresh vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, beets, broccoli, onions, carrots and more for fiber and other nutrients.
There are delectable whole grain and whole wheat breads at Michelle's Golden Brown Breads, and sweet local honey from Diablo Creek Apiary.
There's nothing more important to your health this year than getting lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fiber into your diet, and the farmers market is the place to go for all good things local.
So eat healthy! And come help us celebrate 25 years of serving the community with fresh produce, fun events and great music.
Oven-Roasted Beets With Citrus Vinaigrette
3 large beets (about 1½ pounds total), washed and trimmed
½ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (from about 3 medium blood oranges)
¼ cup freshly squeezed grape- fruit juice (from about 1 medium grapefruit)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 small lemon)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon blood orange zest
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the beets individually in aluminum foil. Place them seam side up on rimmed baking sheet and roast until fork-tender, 45 to 60 minutes, depending on size of beets.
Carefully open the packets, draining off any juice inside. When the beets are cool enough to handle, remove the skins and discard; chop the beets into ½-inch chunks.
Combine the blood orange, grapefruit and lemon juices in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer gently until reduced to ¼ cup. Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey and vinegar. Add the oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Toss the beets with the blood orange and lemon zests and ¼ cup of the vinaigrette; marinate for at least 20 minutes. Garnish with the thyme before serving.
-- Recipe: "Grow Cook Eat,"by Willi Galloway
Farmers markets are open rain or shine.
Danville Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays year-round, Railroad and Prospect avenues.
Livermore Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays year-round, 2nd Street between J and K streets.
Pleasanton Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. year-round, Main and W. Angela streets.
San Ramon Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays year-round, Bishop Ranch 2 parking lot, Bollinger Canyon Road and Sunset Drive.
The Time is Ripe is a column written by Vince Scalise and Debra Morris of the Pacific Coast Farme' Market Association. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.