West Coast Farmers’ Market

Location: Cupertino Oaks Shopping Center | Hours: Sunday 9am-1pm, year round

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A small sized farmers’ market with approximately 15 vendors. At least half of the produce here is organic and all vendors sell what they grow. This market is filled with vegetables you can purchase to make lots of delicious Asian dishes including bok choy, choy sum, and kabocha squash (recipe below). No prepared foods here, but there is a juice truck serving juice and acai bowls!

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Cherry season is coming to an end, so if you love cherries, this is the place to stock up for a good deal.

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Market Highlight:

Emma’s Delights located in San Jose, CA

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If you ever feel guilty after eating chocolate, do not fear! This place has got you covered with Belgian chocolates AND health bars for after you indulge. I grabbed two health bars–Breakfast Complete and Chocolate Almond Crisp. I usually try to stay away from bars because of the sugar content, but these are only sweetened with dried fruits and a little bit of honey. It’s a perfect snack for busy on-the-go days or post-exercise and you can rest assured that your insulin levels won’t go spiking.

Recipe Roundup- Kabocha Seaweed Stew:

From the market: Kabocha squash

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Ingredients:

1/2 mid sized kabocha squash

10g dried Chinese seaweed

1 egg

10g dried shrimp

2 tsp avocado oil

1 tsp cooking wine

sprinkle of salt

300 mL water

Directions:

Beat egg in small bowl. Rinse and drain dried shrimp. Cut kabocha squash into bite sized cubes, keeping skin intact. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pot and fry dried shrimp. Remove from pot. Heat 1 tsp oil in pan and fry the squash. Add water, cooking wine, and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in beaten egg followed by dried seaweed. Remove from heat and serve.

Visit the market: http://www.wcfma.org/cupertino.html

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