Holidays Gifting is Easy at the Martinez Farmers Market

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

Start your holiday shopping at a place where you know quality and freshness come first. From baking ingredients to delicious gifts to meal planning, the farmers’ market is the place to come for the best ingredients. You’re making it easy on yourself while still helping your farmers keep farming during a very difficult year. The holidays will be a bit different this year, but there are traditions you can still carry on.

Holiday baking will be a breeze with crunchy almonds and walnuts from J&J Ramos Farms in Hughson, fresh eggs from Great Valley Poultry in Manteca, and citrus from Ken’s Top Notch in Fresno. Lemon cookies, almond crescents, nut bars, and more will disappear as fast as you can bake them!

Looking for holiday gift baskets ideas ? Fill them with fresh citrus, nuts, artisan cheese from Achadinha Cheese in Petaluma, bakery items from Feel Good Bakery out of Alameda, or soaps, and balms from Delta Moon Soaps from Rodeo, and fresh apple cider from Rainbow Orchards in Camino. You’ll also find local honey from Miss Bee Haven out of Brentwood, or wonderful olive oils from Atlas Peak in Napa. The possibilities are endless—and delicious.

Your holiday gift baskets can be filled with fresh citrus, nuts, artisan cheese from Achadinha Cheese in Petaluma, bakery items from Feel Good Bakery out of Alameda, or soaps, candles, and balms from Delta Moon Soaps from Rodeo, and fresh apple cider from Rainbow Orchards in Camino. You’ll also find local honey from Miss Bee Haven out of Brentwood, or wonderful olive oils from Atlas Peak in Napa. The possibilities are endless—and delicious.

Visit your farmers market each week throughout the season and enjoy the ease of safe outdoor shopping while you select the freshest, locally-grown products. We wish you a healthy holiday season!

Make yourself some hot apple cider to fully enjoy the season. This recipe takes a while, but it will make your home smell like the holidays !

Hot Apple Cider
10 sweet apples, quartered (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gala, Jonagold)
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground allspice
Whole cinnamon sticks (optional)

Place apples in a large stockpot and add enough water to cover them by at least 2 inches, about a gallon. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Taste to see if you want more spice.

Strain the apple mixture through a fine mesh sieve and discard solids, saving the liquid. Drain the cider again through cheesecloth-lined sieve – or use coffee filters if you don’t have cheesecloth. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick. Refrigerate remainder. Makes about one gallon of cider.

The Martinez Farmers Market is every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine, 9am to 2pm at Main and Estudillo St. Parking is on street.

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  1. The cider was amazing. I had to use 7 large honey crisps w/ 2/3 cup sugar. And I added just a drop of an adult beverage… 😉

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