At The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles, we think nothing in the world tastes better than fresh-picked fruits and veggies, especially those that have matured right here under the California sun.
If, like us, you prefer to buy your fruits and veggies when they are the freshest off the farm, here’s an insider’s guide to the best fruits and veggies available in April.
Farmers Market Favorites California Avocados
Nothing says “Grown in California” quite like the California Avocado. The Hass, the most popular brand, was born on a backyard tree right here in Southern California. We love these treats because they are loaded with nutritious benefits, including fiber, lutein (good for your eyes) and potassium (believed to help control blood pressure). In fact, avocados have more potassium than bananas do. While avocados do contain a significant amount of fat, research has shown that when eaten in moderation, they can actually help lower cholesterol.
The California Avocado Commission recommends that everyone grow an avocado tree in their backyard, but we say why wait for the 15 years it takes for the trees to produce fruit? Come on over and pick up some fresh avocados today.
As April unfolds throughout Southern California, we’re starting to see gentle reminders that spring is here. Wildflowers are in bloom and Farmers Market merchants are rolling out their spring offerings. And tangerines are starting to make their appearance at our produce merchants. Small, sweet and portable, these tiny treats are the perfect to ready-to-carry snack for whenever you need a zesty boost.
People looking for an ultra-local treat can pick up Ojai Pixie Tangerines, which are grown just up the road from Los Angeles. Ojai is home to more than 50 family farms, which produce more than 3 million pounds of this tasty citrus fruit every year. The Pixies have become so popular, that the city of Ojai has designated the entire month of April as Pixie Tangerine Month.
Special Treat: Although we’re pretty partial to tangerines just as they are, you can ask one the folks at Farm Fresh Produce to create some fresh-squeezed tangerine juice for an extra splash of vitamin C. Or stop by the T-Shop, and pick up some White Tangerine tea.
Nothing says spring like English Peas. Peas are one of the oldest vegetables known to be enjoyed by humans -- dating back almost 10,000 years. Stop by Farm Fresh Produce or Farm Boy Produce to pick up the best of the new California harvest.
Seasonal Veggies Harvested in April
Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Spinach
Seasonal Fruits Harvested in April
Avocado, Grapefruit, Guava, Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Pineapple, Strawberries, Tangerines
Read about what’s in season in May at our Market Buzz blog now!