Every human and animal is blessed to live in California, one of the top agricultural producing regions in the world. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), "California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. The state produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables."
It is with the same bittersweet mixture of foodie angst and relief that I welcome the end of the So Cal summer and my corresponding 3 month long farmers market binge. During this season if it is juicy, colorful and from the farmers market I buy it, no questions asked. Have I been known to compulsively buy farmers market delights and then give them away to complete strangers during the summer? Maybe...all I have to say is "Thank God" most of my favorite foods are seasonal or I could have a big problem.