1 I had so much fun visiting the Santa Barbara Farmers Market. Here I am hefting a giant red onion.
2 My eyes were drawn to this large mound of beautiful rainbow chard. Chard is a relative of the beet, but unlike the beet, which puts its energy into forming an edible root, delicious chard produces big, tender leaves and crunchy stalks.
3 There was also a huge pile of rainbow carrots, which are fun to cook with. Children are very curious about the unusual colors of this nutrient-rich vegetable.
4 There was plenty of citrus at reasonable prices.
5 Okra, one of my personal favorites, was very plentiful.
6 There were many kinds of berries.
7 This vendor was selling sprouted beans and beans to sprout.
8 There were colorful jars of pickled vegetables.
9 Amazing crusty bread
10 This unusual chartreuse vegetable, with its spiraled buds, is Romanesco. It tastes very similar to cauliflower, but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor.
11 Tons and tons of carrots!
12 And beautiful bok choy, which is terrific in stir fry.
13 You could season the stir fry with a grating of fragrant fresh ginger root. Healthful fresh ginger is one of the ingredients in my morning green juice.
14 Such shiny skinned red onions
15 This giant red onion weighed three pounds and only cost two dollars!
16 Red onions are often consumed raw, grilled, or lightly cooked with other foods, or added as color to salads. They tend to lose their redness when cooked.
17 This table was filled with amazing heads of leafy lettuce!
18 More beautiful carrots
19 Snowy white cauliflower
20 The globe artichokes were very large.
21 I decided to hold one up so you can see how large they were!
22 They also had some flowering artichokes. The artichoke is a variety of thistle cultivated as food. When left too long in the field, the fuzzy interior 'choke' will emerge as a pretty purple flower. Florists love them in arrangements.