Seasonal Offerings at the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association

and arial,sans-serif;”>Despite an ongoing drought in California, farmers with the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA) are offering a number of seasonal favorites throughout the remainder of the year.

Nancy Rydell of Fairhill Farms has produced a strong crop of apples this year including Cameo, Granny Smith, Fuji and Pink Lady varieties. The selections can be found at the Downtown Ventura Market held on Saturday mornings.

Known as the “Persimmon Lady”, Darlene Costa reports that this year’s persimmons are not as big as in past years, but have intense flavor. “Even though the drought has made an impact on our fruit, it has come with a benefit,” stated Costa. “The persimmons are quite flavorful and contain 96 grams of carbohydrates which are especially good for diabetics,” she added. Shoppers can buy the individual fruit alone or in 5 ounce bags. In addition, Costa provides recipes and hand-outs for shoppers. Costa participates in the Thousand Oaks Market held at the Oaks Shopping Center on Thursday afternoons and on Sunday mornings at the Santa Clarita Market held at the College of the Canyons.

The drought hasn’t affected Fred Ellrott of F & F Farms who produces two varieties of mushrooms – Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms, which are grown indoors using a hydroponic system. F&F Farms will also be offering avocados including Hass and Bacon varieties. F&F Farms can be found at all four VCCFMA markets.

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association serves the community of Ventura with two Markets — Wednesdays at the Pacific View Mall, front west parking lot on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Saturdays in Downtown Ventura on the corners of East Santa Clara and Palm Streets from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The Thousand Oaks Farmers’ Market is held Thursdays at The Oaks Shopping Center at the east end parking lot, Wilbur Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. Santa Clarita Farmers’ Market is held on Sundays at the College of the Canyons, parking lot 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

*Note holiday hours: The Thousand Oaks Market is closed Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day & reopening on January 7, 2016.

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