Thursday, December 20, 2012

Here's to a Local Farm Fresh Holiday Season!

Celebrate the Holidays with Local Farm Fresh Goodies! 

Support Your Farmers Through the Holidays

Not only is the farmers' market oh-so-lively throughout the holiday season, but our farmers have the best products to get you and your family hooked up with farm fresh goodies just in time for Christmas. Bautista Creek Local Produce has amazing fresh produce to impress your guests with your holiday cooking. They even have the best stocking stuffers around like fresh homemade jams and pickles made with love by Lemon Bird, using Bautista Creek Produce of course! 

Thinking about Christmas morning? Forget the presents and focus on what we really love the most--FOOD! Get your farm fresh goodies to make the most delicious Christmas morning breakfast ever! Fresh applewood smoked bacon from Da-Le Ranch, farm fresh brown eggs from Gaytan Family Farms, fresh berries from Gaytan, fresh baked bread from Homeboy Bakery, all the organic veggies to your hearts' content from Menos Farms, and the best fruit from Nicholas Family Farm and Atkins Nursery! Oh, and don't forget to add some mushrooms from Kane's Family Farm and avocados from Pedro's Organic Avocado Ranch to that breakfast skillet! 

Weekly Fresh Farmers' Basket Free Raffle

Did you know you can sign up each week for your chance at winning our fresh farmers' market basket donated by our wonderful farmers and gourmet food vendors? There's no catch--each week you can sign up onsite at the market in the Information Booth (red tent) and every other week we'll pick a winner! Talk to our previous winners about how good it feels to have your name come up lucky! We love how much you support us each Saturday so we're more than happy to show you the same love right back! You can also play our guess the fruit and veggie game each week by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter --be sure to set us as a favorite so you see our posts each week.

Holiday Fun at SoCo Collection this Saturday

Come for the farmers and stay for the kids' activities and live music! After you're done shopping with us and eating from our delicious gourmet food trucks (This weekend: Taco Maria, Seabirds, Piaggio on Wheels, Barcelona On the Go, Ranch A Go Go, Dos Chino, and as always--Front Porch Pops & Pies!), take the kids over to Granola Babies for Winterland. They'll have eco-friendly ornament crafts, letters to Santa, cookies and tea, and free eco-friendly gift wrapping on purchases over $25. After that, head on over to the OC Mart Mix for live music from 4pm-7pm. 

Also, did you know the culinary kitchen mecca otherwise known as Surfas Culinary District, has opened up at SoCo?! If you're DIYing holiday gifts this year (perhaps making your own apple cider?), pop over to Surfas and get your supplies. They've got EVERYTHING! 

Healthy Recipe to Balance Out Holiday Treats

Don't wait until the New Year to start eating healthfully. Start now! Get to the farmers' market this Saturday and pick up enough fresh fruits and veggies to get you through the holiday season. Here's a quick and easy recipe for a yummy kale salad with lemon dressing. 

4 cups finely chopped kale
3 tbsp dried cranberries or cherries 
2 tbsp chopped roasted or raw almonds
freshly shaved parmesan to taste

1tsp dijon mustard
1 small lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, grated (omit if you're not into raw garlic)
1/4 tsp sugar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of salt and pepper

In a small bowl, add dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic and sugar, whisk together. Slowly add in olive oil and whisk. Season with salt and pepper. Store leftovers in an airtight container in fridge. 

Combine kale with a few tablespoons of lemon dressing to taste. Combine well and if time allows, let kale "marinate" in dressing for 10 min to help soften leaves. Stir in dried fruit, almonds, and top with shaved parmesan before serving. Enjoy! 

Wishing you and your family the very merriest of holiday wishes! See you Saturday!
-SoCo Certified Farmers' Market

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