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Ripe Now! Bok Choy

Looking to try out a new leafy green vegetable? Well, bok choy (Cantonese for "small white vegetable), also known as pak choi or pok choi, is at the height of it's season! 

Bok choy is a winter-hardy green in the Brassica family. It is native to China since the 5th century AD and is a type of Chinese cabbage that is a popular veggie in Asian cuisine. Bok choy has a white or light green stem and dark green leaves and grows in a cluster. The texture is crisp and crunchy and has a spinach-like taste with a mild bitterness. 

To cook with bok choy, you can snap off the leaves from the cluster and rinse off any dirt or soak the whole cluster in a bowl of water. You can chop up or use whole leaves. Bok choy is usually prepared by steaming or sautéing and adding other vegetables, oils, and herbs to enhance the flavor, such as sautéing with garlic and ginger and splashing with rice vinegar or sesame oil. Use in soups, stir-fries, or as a braised side dish. You can enjoy the deliciousness of bok choy while loading up on vitamins because it is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B6! This veggie is also high in glucosinolates, which has been known to have protective effects against cancer. 

You can pick up bok choy at all three of our farmers' markets at Oya Organics, Full Belly Farm, Riverdog Farm, Happy Boy Farms and Green Thumb Organics!

Easy Eating
There are many ways to eat these greens! This braised bok choy, leek and spinach rice bowl with poached egg recipe is a great way to enjoy bok choy in the morning! For lunch, you can make this stir-fried baby bok choy dish. A great side dish is this stir-fried sesame baby bok choy recipe. Finally, a hearty bok choy recipe for dinner is this chicken udon soup with bok choy

Storage Tips
You can remove outer, wilted leaves and put in the crisper. Bok choy should last up to a week in the fridge. Wash just before cooking. 
Recipe: Bok Choy, Cilantro, and Mint Salad
From
The MS Cookbook: Recipes to Help You Survive and Thrive with Multiple Sclerosis by Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes

This salad combines bok choy with two different herbs to create a wonderful Asian salad that goes well with chicken or fish. It's particularly wonderful in summertime when you can pick the herbs fresh form the garden or buy them in a farmers' market. It's similar to the version with beets but has a very different texture and taste.  

Ingredients: 
3 cups bok choy
1 small red onion 
2 tbsp cilantro
4 tbsp mint
3 tbsp rive vinegar
½ tsp olive oil
2 tbsp mustard
½ tbsp honey
2 cloves garlic
¼ tsp salt
pinch of black pepper

Directions:

1. Cut the bok choy leaves into 1 inch pieces.
2. Chop the onion, cilantro, and mint finely.
3. Put the bok choy, onion, cilantro and mint into a bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, mix vinegar, oil, mustard, honey, and garlic.
5. Drizzle your new mixture over the bok choy, onion, cilantro, and mint.
6. Add salt and pepper, and enjoy!

* The MS Cookbook: Recipes to Help You Survive and Thrive with Multiple Sclerosis by Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes is available to purchase at the Ecology Center Store 
  
Current Vendors

Tuesday South Berkeley
Thursday North Berkeley
Saturday Downtown Berkeley
Kaki Farms
Massa Organics
Oya Organics
Brokaw Ranch
Full Belly Farm
Flying Disc Ranch
Blossom Bluff Orchards
Solano Mushroom
Dirty Girl Produce
Kashiwase Farm
Stepladder Creamery
Riverdog Farm
Smit Farms
Avalos Farm (out for January)
Frog Hollow Farm
Little Fish Co.
Queen of Sheeba Honey
Phoenix Pastificio 
Three Stone Hearth
Soul Flower Farm
Base Camp Bakery
Bolani
Fruit Tree Smoothies
Tamales La Oaxaquena 
Andy's Thai
Donna's Tamales

Little Fish Co.
Happy Boy Farms
Green Thumb Organics
Massa Organics
Golden Rule Organics
Pomo Tierra Orchard
E&H Mushroom Farm
Riverdog Farm
Frog Hollow Farm
Kashiwase Farm
Phoenix Pastificio 
Big Little Bowl
Donna's Tamales
All Things Sharp
Morell's Bread
Upland Apiary


Avalos Farm (out for January)
Brokaw Ranch
Kaki Farm
Good Faith Farm
Guru Ram Das Orchards
Golden Rule Organics
Lifefood Gardens
Flying Disc Ranch
Gattonelli
Achadinha Cheese Co.
Little Fish Co.
Kashiwase Farm
Happy Boy Farms
Stepladder Creamery
Solano Mushroom
Riverdog Farm
Smit Farms
Four Sisters Farm
Frog Hollow Farm
Pomo Tierra Orchard
Higher Land Coffee
Tony's Kettle Corn + Crepes
Andy's Thai
Tamales La Oaxaquena
Cafe Zambala
All Things Sharp
Beber Almond Milk
Big Little Bowl
Your Way to Life Granola
Queen of Sheeba Honey
Laguna Garden Bakery
Cultured Pickle Shop
Morell's Bread
Obour Hummus
Phoenix Pastificio
Bolani
Coracao
Primavera Tamales
Bun Bao
Bring Home a YEA Farm Box in 2021!
Sourced from the Berkeley Farmers' Market, Powered by Local Youth

Order your fresh, in season, locally sourced Farm Box online between Monday and 9am Thursday for curbside pick up on Saturday at the Berkeley Farmers' Market.

Next week's Farm Box will include curly kale, cauliflower, yellow onion, broccoli, Satsuma mandarins, navel oranges, Meyer lemons, fingerling potatoes, garlic, red leaf lettuce, carrots, winter squash, Fuji apples, Japanese sweet potatoes. (Your Farm Box items may vary slightly based on availability and the whims of nature, but it will always be fresh, in season, and locally sourced.)

To learn more and to place an order, visit the YEA Farm Box website
Looking for a way to give back to your community in this challenging time?
Become a volunteer at the Berkeley Farmers' Markets! As an essential service, the Berkeley Farmers' Markets continue to provide fresh, healthy food for the community and a livelihood for small and mid-scale farmers. We have implemented extensive operational changes to protect customers, farmers, and staff, and to mitigate the spread of disease, and so volunteers are needed more than ever to help support staff in implementing these.
If you are healthy, not in the high risk category, and not living with high risk people, please consider volunteering at our three weekly farmers' markets.

Volunteer tasks include:
  • Supporting the development and execution of a curbside pickup or box-style produce pick-up program (in development)
  • Greeting customers at market entrance and providing them with info on the social distancing requirement
  • If needed, supporting staff in queueing customers at the market entrance, if the number of customers already in the market exceeds our maximum crowd count.
  • Hanging signage in the market
  • Monitoring vendor lines, helping customers know where to wait, and thanking customers for adhering to the social distancing guidelines
A short, virtual volunteer training will be scheduled prior to working at the market. Shifts start 30 minutes prior to market opening time, and length can be flexible depending on availability. Our three markets operate year-round, rain or shine:
  • Downtown Berkeley | Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way, Saturdays 10 am - 3 pm
  • North Berkeley | Shattuck Avenue @ Vine Street, Thursdays 3 pm - 7 pm
  • South Berkeley | Adeline Street and 63rd Street, Tuesdays 2 pm - 6:30 pm
In addition to supporting the community in accessing healthy, farm-fresh food, the benefits of volunteering 5+ hours include an Ecology Center Membership. Contact mariana@ecologycenter.org to sign up!
The Story Behind the "Obamanos" Coat: History, Hope and Environmental Change

Join us for a "Ted" type" talk with Environmental Artist Nancy Judd as she tells the fascinating story of her "Obamanos" coat, created from door hangers discarded after the 2008 Obama campaign. The piece was completed with the help of 25 volunteers, took over 400 hours to complete and was showcased at  the Green Inaugural Ball hosted by Vice President Al Gore. Today the Coat resides in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In our political times, this is an inspiring first-hand account of being in the midst of a moment of change and hope. 
 
There will be time for questions and discussions with Nancy after her talk.
 
Become an Ecology Center member today and receive a free ticket and enjoy the benefits of membership including store and event discounts.

Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online Event
FREE for Members!   
General Admission Donations Only  

Staying Safe

Wearing a face mask and social distancing are required to shop at the Berkeley Farmers' Markets per City of Berkeley COVID-19 safety guidelines. We enforce a limit on the maximum amount of customers in market at one time in order to ensure space for social distancing. This means we may have a line to get into our market at the entrances. If you are feeling sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home. 



Farmers' Market Hours & Locations
EBT and WIC Fruit & Vegetable checks gladly accepted and Market Match incentives distributed at all markets.
South Berkeley
Tuesdays, 2 - 6:30 pm
Adeline St. at 63rd St., 
Berkeley
North Berkeley
Thursdays, 3 - 7 pm 
Shattuck Ave. at Vine St., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley
Saturdays, 10 am - 3 pm
Center St. at MLK Jr. Way, Berkeley
[Photo credit: Berkeley Farmers' Market Staff]