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Pea shoots and ramps (wild leeks) top a spicy pasta you’ll love

Pea shoots and ramps (wild leeks) top a spicy pasta you’ll love

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One of the things I love the most about the farmers market is finding something new, practically in my own backyard. For instance, while meandering around the Northwestern Vermont Farmers Market I ran across a vendor with pea shoots. It was like I had struck cooking gold. If you’ve never had pea shoots, jump in the car and head straight to your nearest farm stand or market. Drive until you…

Apple season calls for a trip to Placer County’s Apple Hill

Apple season calls for a trip to Placer County’s Apple Hill

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For many Northern Californians, the first whiff of fall in the air signals it’s time to visit Apple Hill for their annual fruit fix. The outing isn’t just for apple lovers — dozens of vineyards and tree farms line the rural roads along with the orchards east of Placerville in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s the 50th year that Apple Hill growers have welcomed families to enjoy a day at…

Squash blossom quesadilla still in season at Sacramento’s Downtown Farmers Market

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For many in the Sacramento, California region, Sunday morning signals a trip to the state capital’s largest certified farmers market. This is a no-nonsense, food-buying market, brimming with enough vendors to give you your pick of seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with a good selection of flowers and plants, nuts, mushrooms, and enough prepared foods to help you make it through the morning. Located under Interstate Highway 50 at 8th and W…

Fruity beet and farro salad that changes with the seasons

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Here’s a versatile salad that adapts to any season. It’s my go-to favorite for a work lunch, picnic or on-the-go dinner that lasts in the refrigerator for a few days. This hearty dish is actually inspired by a trip to my favorite coffee shop sometime last year, when I was thrilled to find Starbucks offered a Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl. It was a toothsome, tangy lunch that had…

Roasted beets: Sweet bites the pickiest eater will love

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I remember going as a child with my mother to the Greek restaurant and watching with horror as she would happily order a salad stained hot pink with pickled beets. I’m not sure when, but at some point beets migrated from my list of foods to avoid at all cost to my list of favorite summer foods, and I still mourn the loss of my favorite Russian restaurant in town….