Eating healthfully is easier in summer than any other time of the year, thanks to the availability of fresh, in-season fruit and vegetables. Farmers markets are terrific sources for produce, and the Canyon Lake Farmers Market has a menu of succulent items to offer now. Farmers markets also tend to charge far less than you’d pay for similar fare at the supermarket.
Shoppers at the Canyon Lake Farmers Market can find a wide variety of produce there all summer (the market is open all year but offers the greatest variety of items in summertime).
In coming weeks, shoppers at this market will find:
Watermelon from Bernardino Loera Farm, in Fallbrook. The farm is just now bringing watermelon – the kind with seeds – to the market, selling it last week for 30 cents per pound. This is the beginning of their watermelon season, said Delia Loera.
“We’re going to start picking cucumber,” peaches and green beans in August, Loera added. Her zucchini is already available, selling for 80 cents per pound. She also sells 10-lb. bags of oranges for $4, practically an all-year staple.
More zucchini and yellow squash, at the Corona Farm booth, manned by Felipe Flores. Last week Flores also presented a spread of enormous, rich red beefsteak tomatoes (for $1/lb.) and the funnier-looking but tasty heirloom tomatoes ($2/lb.) Stringless green beans were selling for $2/lb. last week, and small, sweet cantaloupes for $1 each. The tomatoes will continue until December or the first freeze, Flores said. Usually he starts selling red peppers in July but this year they’re running late due to cool weather in the spring; Flores expects to bring in the peppers in August (at the height of the season last year he charged 50 center per pepper, a price far below even the best supermarket sale). Corona Farm will begin yielding peaches and nectarines soon, Flores said, and they usually run until October.
Clark Ranch, in DeLuz, sells organic fare, including eggplant, squash, tomatoes, grapefruit, Haas avocados and more.
“Eggplant, summer squash, tomato – they all run up ’til the first frost,” said Dave Clark. So this is the time of year to enjoy them at their best. Clark expects to bring plums to market in early August. For the coming month, customers can find cucumbers, star ruby grapefruit and probably Haas avocados at Clark’s booth, but he may have a small number of the avocados each week. His commercial customers get first dibs on those; whatever’s left comes to the farmers market.
Stock up on the goodies from the farmers market and turn them into snacks and easy side dishes to nosh on all week:
- Fruit kebobs
- Grilled mixed vegetables
- Fruit as snacks
The Canyon Lake Farmers Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s outdoors, in the parking lot of the Canyon Lake Marketplace, at 31528 Railroad Canyon Rd., Canyon Lake, Calif. 92587. For more information, call the market’s management at 951-491-4111.