Why you should pay attention to California Farmer’s Markets

A new trend in market shopping is to buy things which are in season.  This is advantageous because things taste better and are often cheaper.  The problem in the US is it is often confusing on how to determine this.

For example, you may see eggplants in the market year round.  But the reason you see it year round is that when it is out of season in the US, it comes from South America because their seasons are flipped.

To know what is truly in season in the US, you need to pay attention to what is going on in the California farmer’s markets.  The reasoning is that since 80% of the produce comes from California, the farmer’s markets are the first indicators of what is coming into season.

This week (May 3rd), stone fruits just came into season.  Examples of stone fruits are apricots, nectarines, peaches, and cherries.  Unfortunately they are a little pricey at the market right now since it just started.  But in the supermarket, pay attention to these fruits as they should be getting better in the next couple weeks.

Obviously this may be a problem if you don’t live in California or don’t shop at farmer’s markets.  My solution to you is to follow this blog or follow the instagram channel fp produce hunter who takes pictures at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.

Photo May 01, 1 11 11 PM

New stone fruits in season at the Huntington Beach Farmer’s Market this week.