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Winter

December 20–March 20

Winter is a well-deserved respite for many farmers, yet it holds just as much delicious produce as the rest of the seasons. 

Citrus in the form of kumquats, grapefruits, lemons, mandarins, and navel oranges dominate the fruit scene; supplemented by subtropical fruits from Southern California, like cherimoya, white guava, and kiwi. Though apples and Asian pears are no longer in their harvest season, they are available through winter thanks to cold storage. And of course, vendors will have dried versions of your favorite summer produce available year round.

Root vegetables like carrots, turnips, and rutabagas turn sweeter as the cold weather encourages starch to convert to sugar. Roast them up with winter squash or potatoes, which should also be available through the winter via cold storage. 

Cruciferous crops such as cauliflower, kohlrabi, romanesco, broccoli, and collards, thrive in the cool, wet, Californian winter, and are plentiful throughout the season. Leafy salad greens, chicory, and arugula are milder in the winter months, and asparagus begins its run in the market by mid-February. 

Dungeness crab should still be available, but in limited quantities depending on how long the catch lasts. Eggs will be available throughout the season, but pastured hens lay fewer during the shorter days. Milk production also slows, so some vendors may not be at the market, though the aged cheese selection will still be diverse. 

Bulb flowers will begin to bloom in January. Look for narcissus, daffodils, tulips, and irises from our flower producers. 

Towards the end of winter, February’s green garlic and spring onions in March will begin the market’s transition back into spring.

Winter Recipes

Gazan Smashed Avocados

Yasmin Khan, author of Zaitoun

Roast Romanesco Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranates

Yasmin Khan, author of Zaitoun

Chicory Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, Honey Roasted Pears, and Candied Walnuts

Greg D’Alessandro, Waterbar

Lion's Mane "Lobster" Roll

Ian Garrone, Far West Fungi Kitchen

Tofu Satay with Cocoa Nib Rub

Eli Curtis, Bisou Chocolate

Articles Tagged with Winter

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Farmers Market Foods to Chase Away the Winter Blues

The winter farmers markets offers all the ingredients to fortify against colds and start the New Year in good health.

February 01, 2019

Farmers Market Treats for Valentine's Day

Indulge your loved ones and yourself with locally grown flowers and treats from the farmers market.

November 23, 2018

Gifts from Our Foodshed: CUESA's Farmers Market Holiday Guide

Find delicious and unique gifts while supporting local farmers and food crafters at CUESA’s farmers markets.

March 09, 2018

A Farmers Market Guide to Greens

Spring is here, which means an explosion of all things green at the market.

February 16, 2018

Bees, Blooms, and Babes: Scenes of Winter on the Farm

Winter might feel like the quiet season at the farmers market, but vital groundwork is happening on the farm.

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