Sweet Summetime! The days are longer and life is a bit easier because we can throw out our strict schedules and routines and let the sun guide us. Because of that bedtimes tend to be a bit later, we tend to linger with friends a bit longer and explore all that our wonderful state has to offer a bit more.
This summer we are planning to stay local to enjoy backyard bbq’s and pool parties as well as a few weekend trips in California. We are enjoying the first week of summer in town, enjoying what Fresno has to offer.
One of my favorite things about living in the Central Valley is the access to fresh produce. We are lucky to live in the breadbasket of the world and simply must enjoy it as much as possible. I enjoy exploring the local Farmer’s markets. I can pick up seasonal produce to cook with as well as locally made goodies, like baked goods and treats, but there is oftentimes entertainment for the kiddos. With various location around town it is more convenient to shop local. Below are pics of Little Miss and I hitting up the Riverpark Farmer's Market on Tuesday evening. She was so excited to be wearing her cherry dress while buying cherries.
Each Market is great in it's own way but have slightly different vibes. My hubby and I went to the Vineyard Market on Saturday morning. It has more of a calm, cool, collected vibe with an older clientele. Or maybe that was just because we were kidless for the morning so WE felt more calm, cool, and collected. The market was filled with gorgeous produce, as well as Ooh de Lolli with her popsicle stand and a food truck serving breakfast.
Tuesday: RiverPark Farmer’s Market- 5:30-9
Wednesday: Kaiser Permanente Farmer’s Market- 8a-1:30
The Market on Kern- 10a-2p
Vineyard Farmer’s Market- 3-6pm
Friday: Old Town Clovis Summer Farmer’s Market- 5:30-9
Saturday: Vineyard Farmer’s Market- 7a-Noon
Old Town Clovis Year Round Market- 8-11:30a
We are lucky to have several stores open daily that are worth the visit.
Enzo’s Table, Clovis. Mon-Sat 8:30-6, Sun 9-5
Gibson Farmer’s Market, Fresno State. Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat 10-4, sun 11-4
The Peach Tree Fruit Stand, Clovis. Mon-Sat 9-6, Sun 10-4
Simonian Farms, Fresno. Daily 9a-6p
Hudson Farms Fruit Stand, Sanger. Mon-Friday 9-5, Sat 10-4
Bravo Farms, Traver. Daily 7a-7p
Favorite Strawberry Stand: Willow north of Behymer
On your next Farmer’s Market trip pick up some fresh veggies to make a quick and easy lunch or dinner. You can throw any ingredients that you find into a bowl to make a large salad, grill up some protein to top it or shake up your own fresh dressing rather than rely on the bottled stuff. This green goddess dressing is one of my new favorites. It is very creamy and tastes fresh but without any hidden hidden/harmful ingredients. It is great for my vegan friends too because the creaminess comes from avocados rather than milk based items. I like to make a big batch and use it not only on salads but as a spread for sandwiches and a dip for veggies. For more ideas on recipes to make using seasonal, fresh, California grown food visit California Grown.
Summer Green Salad
1 large head Romaine Lettuce
1 cup sugar snap peas, slice lengthwise
1 avocado, cubed
3 green onions, sliced thin
1 cucumber, quartered and sliced
Green Goddess Dressing
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup parsley leaves
1 cup green onion
1/4 cup CA grown olive oil
1/4 cup water
3 Tb Lemon juice
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1-2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
In a food processor blend the avocado, garlic, and fresh herbs until well blended. Add in the olive oil and water and blend. Slowly add in the lemon juice and vingegar as needed to make sure the favor does not overpower the fresh herbs. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle on salad.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge