Are you in a dinner rut? Do you always purchase the same types of fruits and vegetables from your local grocer whether they are in season or not?
Living in Ventura, we’re fortunate because our community is located in the hub of agriculture. In fact, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California!
If you haven’t taken advantage of your local certified farmer’s market, where great tasting, fresh produce, a more health-conscious choice for you and your family, is abundant and doesn’t have to be processed or frozen to travel miles to get to your table, make a plan to visit a venue near you! Find a market near you: vccfarmersmarkets.com.
Here’s a list of yummy fruits and veggies to help you get acquainted with what’s in season. If you’re still hesitant about what some of this produce tastes like or how to prepare them in a recipe, ask the farmers for a sample as well as their tips on recipe preparation.
- Broccoli Rabe/Rapini
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter Squash
- Persimmons (Hitachi or Fuyu)
Roast, grill, steam, or boil these delectable winter veggies — individually, or a mix of several. Add them to salads or serve them with a meat or fish entrée. To mix up the flavor, sauté them with a little extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and onions, and experiment with fresh herbs and spices!