California grows about 80% of all fruits and vegetables in the United States. In Ventura, we’re extremely fortunate to have a plethora of farms, certified farmer’s markets and local stores that sell fresh farm to table produce.
Eating locally produce fruits and vegetables is great for your health, because the produce is fresh and doesn’t have to be preserved to prevent spoilage as it travels long distances. Less travel time means less greenhouse gas emissions, which also helps curb air pollution and lessens the impact on climate change.
When you visit a local certified farmer’s market, you have the opportunity to talk directly to the farmers growing your food and they’ll share with you their farming practices, whether or not they use chemicals, and offer valuable tips (even recipes!) about their in-season produce.
Sustainable Ventura News recently attended the Downtown Ventura Certified Farmer’s Market 30th Anniversary on June 4 and we spoke to some of the local farmers and vendors at the event. Our cameras also stopped by the City of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability booth and spoke to Environmental Specialist Tobie Mitchell who shared some great food waste prevention tips! WATCH BELOW!
For more information on “What’s in season for summer,” and a full list of fresh summer produce, click here for the Southland Farmer’s Market Association website.
A partial list of fruits and vegetables in season for summer:
|Green onions/scallions||Blood orange|
|Summer squash||Citrus (Grapefruit, Lemons, Valencia oranges)|