Figs. You either love them or you hate them. Or, perhaps, you haven't figured it out yet.*
Puns aside, this week's featured product from the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) is that little purple fruit with a teardrop shape. Bite through the blackish-purple skin and relish the soft, sugary treat within.
These dark gems were first brought to California by the Spanish missionaries in 1759. According to PCFMA, they were planted at the San Diego Mission and every succeeding mission throughout Northern California — hence the name of California's most popular fig, the Mission Fig. Figs are high in fiber with a refreshing flavor and delicate texture, making them the perfect addition to salads and desserts.
Where to Find Figs at the Market
Fig sellers at the Tuesday Concord Farmers' Market include CMC Farms of Fresno, Country Rhodes Family Farm of Visalia, Halog Farms of South San Francisco and J&M Farms of Reedley.
Find figs at the Thursday market from Halog Farms of South San Francisco and J&M Farms of Reedley.
Figs are sold at the Clayton Farmers' Market by J&M Farms of Reedley.
A selection of fig recipes can be found on PCFMA's website, including:
Autumn Fruit Compote
Autumn Salad with California Figs
Fig Spinach Salad
Grilled Figs with Goat Cheese
Honey Thyme Fig Tart
Italian Fig Cookies
Pork with Figs, Pearl Onions and Mustard
Sherry-braised Winter Squash with Figs and Rosemary
Thai Chicken Salad With Figs
About the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association
The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association is a not-for-profit organization that develops, operates and supports Certified Farmers' Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Concord Farmers' Market
Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass & Grant StreetDay Time Season Tuesday 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Year-round Thursday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM April 26, 2012 to October 25, 2012
Clayton Farmers' Market
Diablo Street, between Main and Center in Downtown ClaytonDay Time Season Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM May 12, 2012 to October 27, 2012
What's your favorite fig recipe? Share it in the comments below. Find out what's in season this fall at the farmer's market.
*Concord Patch accepts no responsibility for the ridiculousness, or contagiousness, of its puns.