Now that summer is really in swing it’s time to chow down on some local summer produce! There are local farmer’s markets in both Pacifica and Half Moon Bay with a bounty of coastal produce and homemade foods. We have chosen three locally grown fruits and vegetables to inspire your summer recipes!

  1. Beets from Iacopi Farms. Fun fact, those fields you see around the Half Moon Bay Airport? That’s a part of Iacopi Farms! They are well known for their legumes, but their beets are just as divine. Not only a beautiful color, beets are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including manganese and potassium. These edible rubies also contain an unusual, and very nutritional, blend of antioxidants. Try them roasted in a salad with goat cheese and honey-dijon vinaigrette.
  2. Cucumbers from Daylight Farms. Even if it isn’t hot on the Coastside, we can still enjoy fresh summer eats, can’t we? Cucumbers are a summer staple, going well in everything from sandwiches to gazpacho. And it’s not surprising they are so refreshing, cucumbers are a part of the same plant family as watermelon and honeydew! Try this delicious Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad, it will knock your socks off with its crunch and flavor!
  3. Olallieberries from Coastways Ranch. Down in Pescadero is the U-Pick area of Swanton Berry Farms. A perfect weekend activity to do with the family! And it’s ok if you haven’t heard of an olallieberry before. You can use them similarly to blackberries, though they have a tarter taste. Whether you bake them into scones or sprinkle them over your morning yogurt, you are sure to become an olallieberry convert! They are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber, to boot. Try this low sugar Olallieberry and Strawberry Buttermilk Scone recipe.

What’s your favorite local Coastside produce? Share yours in the comments!