December 5, 2011 - 11:49am
Summer isn't the only time to take advantage of sweet fruits. If you're hankering for the bright burst of sweet grapes, you can still find plenty of gorgeous bunches at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market. And we won't leave your bunches hanging without recipes either. Slice a ciabatta from Belen Bakery for breakfast and top each half with a handful of sliced grapes from Smit Orchards and chopped fennel from Suzie's Farm. Top with crumbled goat feta from Nicolau Farms and bake until the grapes get juicy and reduce in size and the cheese melts and browns a bit.
Adding grapes to your lunch salad makes things sweet and crunchy! Pick up a pomegranate from Lone Oak Ranch and a few navel oranges from Paradise Valley Ranch. Toss together with fresh grapes, a dash of lime, and a few fresh mint leaves from JR Organics. Choose a piece of local halibut or tuna from Miss Sushi, sear it slightly and serve alongside the salad.
When you've had your fill of fresh grapes, find your fix by cooking with raisins! Smit Orchards and Lone Oak Ranch both have organic raisin varieties to add to your favorite cookies, salads, or breakfast cereals. Doesn't it all sound grape?