THE SANTA CLARA
February 27, 2014
Winter quarter is almost over and spring is already in the air. It’s important to take a small break from pre-finals study sessions and make the most of this unusually
warm winter weather. Go explore some local outdoor farmers’ markets around the area and stock up on a few healthy finals snack food.
Local farmers’ markets are a great way to connect to your community. Fun mini-excursions can expose you to fantastically fresh products. Food from the farmers’ market tastes sweeter, crisper and fresher than produce from a supermarket. Often, fruits and vegetables are picked just hours before the farmers’ market and are more likely to taste better than your average grocery store’s selection.
Farmers’ markets are also a great way to get to know some local growers and their products. You have the benefit of talking directly to suppliers and learning exactly where your food is coming from, what they do to control pests and when their growing and harvest seasons occur.
Visiting markets throughout different growing seasons is a great way to educate yourself on new types of foods.
Don’t be afraid to buy a whole stalk of brussel sprouts, a bundle of rainbow chard or a weird-looking tuber. Chances are, it tastes pretty darn good.
If you are unsure of how to cook your newly purchased bag of veggies, be sure to ask the grower directly — they probably will have a delicious recipe or suggestion for you to try. Plus, farmers’ markets are usually cheaper for a week’s worth of groceries.
We are fortunate that there are so many amazing local farmers’ markets practically down the street from campus. Open every Saturday, the Franklin Square Farmers’ Market is a great little gathering that has friendly vendors with delicious products. Keep an eye out for the “Awesome Sauce” couple. This husband-wife team created a line of all natural, tasty sauces that go with virtually any food. Like the name says, they are awesome.
For a larger range of options, check out the Mountain View Farmers’ Market located at the Mountain View Caltrain Station. This market takes up the entire parking lot every Sunday morning, rain or shine, and has some fantastic things to eat. Be sure to look out for the “Bolani” tent that sells gourmet Afghan food that is simply unique and delicious.
So take a break and stock up on some locally grown food at a farmers’ market near you, where you will discover some darn good eats.
Contact Lauren Bonney at email@example.com or call (408) 554-4852.