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Ripe Now! Grapefruit

Looking for a fruit that is sour, sweet, and bitter all at the same time? Well, a grapefruit can be all of those things and more! 

Grapefruit is a hybrid between the sweet orange and the pomelo. It is a subtropical citrus that can range in taste from sour to semi-sweet, and somewhat bitter. Grapefruits have a yellow skin and the pulp varies in color depending on the cultivar (from white to pink to red). Grapefruits do not resemble grapes, but rather got their name because they grew in a grape-like cluster. They have half the amount of citric acid as lemons or limes and about twice the amount of citric acid as oranges. The grapefruit is a parent to many hyrbids, such as the tangelo. 

Grapefruit are rich is fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients, such as the immune-boosting vitamin C. They are about 92% water, so they keep you hydrated. Grapefruits are a popular breakfast fruit and are mostly enjoyed raw, in salads or smoothies, and juiced. (Note: Grapefruits may have adverse reactions to drug medications, so you may need to consult with your doctor before eating if you are on medications). 

You can get grapefruits ripe now at all three of our farmers' markets at Kaki Farm, Guru Ram Das Orchard, Flying Disc Ranch, Blossom Bluff Orchards, and Stepladder Creamery

Easy Eating
Yeah, eating a grapefruit in a bowl for breakfast is nice and all, but you can really amp it up in this broiled grapefruit with honey yogurt and granola recipe to get the ultimate grapefruit experience to start your day. For lunch, have this refreshing and nutrient-rich avocado grapefruit and fennel salad to keep you going strong. Enjoy this panko chicken with grapefruit honey sauce for an amazing dinner. Finally, for some grapefruit for dessert, try this grapefruit greek yogurt cake recipe

Storage Tips
Store grapefruit at room temperature on your counter for up to a week. If you can't get around to using them within that week, put them in the fridge in an open container, like a bowl or mesh bag, and they should last up to six weeks. 
Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Citrus Sauce
From Chez Panisse Fruit by Alice Waters

Our longtime downstairs chef, Jean-Pierre Moullé, came up with this amazing sauce for salmon. It uses the bounty of citrus in the early spring when the first-of-the-season salmon tastes light and delicate. Serve this on a mound of potato puree, with some wilted spinach on the side. 

Ingredients:
1 tangerine 
1 lemon
1 orange
1 lime
1 grapefruit
2 cups fish stock
¼  cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Six 6-ounce pieces wild salmon


Directions:
With a sharp vegetable peeler, carefully peel all the zest from the tangerine, lemon, orange, and lime, and half of the grapefruit zest. Be sure to take only the colored peel and none of the bitter white pith. If you do end up with some pith on the strips of zest, remove it with a sharp paring knife. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and parboil the citrus zest for 3 minutes. Drain well and cut the strips into a thin julienne. Squeeze the juice of ½ of each fruit and mix together.

Bring the fish stock to a boil and reduce to cup. While the stock is still hot, mix it with cup of the fruit juice and whisk in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and add 3 tablespoons of the julienned zest. Keep warm but not hot, lest the fruit juices lose their fresh flavor. 

Make a fire in the grill and let it burn down to a bed of hot coals. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Clean the grill well with a wire brush and then oil it with a clean rag and olive oil. Oil the fish well and grill from 3 to 4 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the fillets. The salmon should be just set but still a little translucent at its center. Arrange on a plate and spoon the sauce over, distributing the zest evenly around.

Serves 6. 


* Chez Panisse Fruit by Alice Waters 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
Good Faith Farm
Full Belly Farm
Flying Disc Ranch
Blossom Bluff Orchards
Solano Mushroom
Dirty Girl Produce
Kashiwase Farm
Stepladder Creamery
Riverdog Farm
Smit Farms
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

Vendors out:
Avalos Farm

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


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 
Stepladder Creamery
Solano Mushroom
Riverdog Farm
Smit Farms
Four Sisters Farm
Frog Hollow Farm
Bariani Olive Oil
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

Vendors out:
Avalos Farm
Miss Bee Haven
Happy Boy Farms
Soul Flower Farm
Bring Home a YEA Farm Box!
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.

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]