FARMERS MARKET BOUNTY

imageGot veggies?

One of the best ways to celebrate the season is by visiting one of our local Farmers Markets (we have 15 in Ventura County!). Indulge yourself with the seasonal bounty while supporting our local farmers!

The Farmers Market is more than just filling up your bag with farm fresh goodies…it’s ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE!

How to take your “market” experience up a few notches:

GET INSPIRED!
Prior to going, dig up a seasonal recipe you’ve been dying to try…make a list, select, prepare and enjoy! Autumn bounty is so versatile. Make that jam, roast up a melange of root vegetables or simmer that butternut squash soup. Or just bite into that juicy apple!

Or wing it…and get inspired once there!

EARLY BIRD
Go early! Arrive before the market opens. Observe the vendors setting up. The veggies and fruit are piled high, virtually untouched and displayed beautifully! Bonus: it’s not so crowded!

imagePEDAL
Ride your bike. Be sure to have an attached basket to carry your goodies home. Get some exercise and enjoy the journey!

BAG IT!
Bring along your favorite Farmers Market bag or basket (the cuter the better!). I love the Weekender Tote in vibrant patterns from our local Ventura designer: MidiQueen midiqueenhandbags.com

imageBesides having a bag with “personality”, you are helping our environment by being green.

FIRST TIMERS?
A tip: walk the whole market before you buy. Familiarize yourself. After going to the market a few times…you will have your favorite booths!

HOT DATE
Make it a date with your mate. First by selecting produce and then later by cooking together! Better yet, make it a weekly ritual starting with a breakfast date at a fav spot.

BRING THE KIDDOS
Take the kids! It’s never too early to teach your kiddos to appreciate fresh produce. Get them involved. Engage them by letting them be a part of the meal planning. Who knows…you just might inspire a future chef!

SAVOR
Don’t rush through the market. Enjoy the experience. Savor by taking your time. Stop and smell the roses…literally. Better yet, buy a bundle!

FAMILIAR FACE
Be on the lookout, you will almost always run into an old friend. Stop and catch up for a bit! Or…invite them for coffee.

imageWHAT A VARIETY!
Besides an array of fruits and vegetables, our Farmers Markets have flowers, plants, farm fresh eggs, nuts, dried fruit, herbs, cheeses, artisan breads, freshly squeezed juices, specialty meats sausages, freshly caught fish and so much more!

SNAP!
Take photos. Bring out the photographer in you by capturing vibrant and colorful images of flowers, fruits and veggies. Looking for the perfect photo op is a great way to see things you might have missed. TIP: the lighting for photos is optimum in the early morning.

BE SOCIAL
Chat with others about how they use and prepare meals with that unfamiliar fruit/vegetable you’ve never seen. Those selling often have great tips…just ask!

LISTEN
Stop and listen to the musician. Dance. Music options change weekly. Don’t forget to leave a tip (especially for those sweet young sisters playing their violins)!

imageDON’T FORGET FLOWERS!
Brighten your home with flowers from the season! Autumn brings out the mums and sunflowers. Take home an extra bunch to make someone’s day!

SIP & LINGER
Begin (or end) your experience with a lovely hot beverage from a nearby coffee cafe’ (opt for local over a chain).

imageA fav pit stop on my Saturday morning route in Ventura is Palermo, a popular hip yet low key coffeehouse Downtown. Choose “for here” over “to go”. Enjoy your drink out of a real cup instead of paper! Is your hot beverage lonely? Add a scone or muffin. Sit awhile outdoors at a bistro table or indoors on a cushy settee for two. Chat with a stranger. Make a friend. Buy the next person in line their drink and make someone smile!

GO OFTEN!
Make it a weekly ritual! Saturday’s market is a wonderful way to begin every weekend.

TIPS
-Cash only
-Pets not allowed at most markets

What’s in season (SoCal)?

Most Popular Autumn Bounty: Winter Squash, Peppers, Greens (Lettuces, Kale, etc.), Apples, Figs, Persimmons, Sunflowers,

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LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS IN THE 805:

WEDNESDAY
-VENTURA
9am-1pm
Pacific View Mall
Main St (near Red Robin)

-CAMARILLO
3-7pm
Camarillo Community Center parking lot
1605 E. Burnley Street

THURSDAY
-OXNARD
9am-2pm
Plaza Park
5th and C Street

4-8pm
The Collection at Riverpark

-THOUSAND OAKS
1:30-6pm
Oaks Shopping Center east parking lot

-VENTURA
3 -7pm
Ventura Community Park 901 South Kimball Road

FRIDAY
-MOORPARK
3-7pm
Village at Moorpark Shopping Center
Miller Parkway and Los Angeles Avenue

-SIMI VALLEY
11am-3:30pm
Simi Valley Civic Center Plaza
2757 Tapo Canyon Rd.
(next to TGI Friday’s)

SATURDAY
-VENTURA
8:30am-noon
Downtown
Santa Clara Ave. and Palm St.

-NEWBURY PARK
9am-2pm Newbury Park Library parking lot
Borchard Road and Michael Drive

-CAMARILLO
8am-noon
2220 Ventura Boulevard
County of Ventura Senior Nutrition Center parking lot

-CALABASAS
8am-1pm
Old Town Calabasas Calabasas Road west of El Canon Avenue
(across from Sagebrush Cantina)

-WESTLAKE VILLAGE
10am-2pm
2797 Agoura Road
(Village Glen)

SUNDAY:
-OXNARD/CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR
10am-2pm
2805 South Harbor Blvd.

-OJAI
9am-1pm
300 E. Matilija

Try out another Farmers Market nearby! There’s something new to discover at each one!

Interested in joining a Local Produce Delivery program?

A wealth of info on Farmers Markets, Farm stands, Markets offering local produce and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and Local Delivery

When traveling, check out the local Farmers Markets at your destination. You’ll get a sense of the local flavor and grab something yummy too!

Bon Appetit!

image“Me & B Project” Written by Debbie Cvijanovich. Photos by her teen son Bennett.

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