The beginning of the fall at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market is truly our favorite moment of the year, when we can still enjoy the flavors of summer while welcoming our first taste of fall, with crispy apples, pears, persimmons and variety of squash.
Another reason to visit our farmers' market is to enjoy our brand new Healthy Cooking Demonstration table. On October 4th, in partnership with the San Mateo County Human Services Agency, we kicked off our first - Collective Kitchen, featuring the seasonal bounty of the market with free samples of "asian pear pico de gallo"!
This new project is part of our goal of expanding the offering of nutritional and cooking workshops in order to deeply interact with the local community and expose them to a variety of healthy cooking techniques and ideas. Also, the direct involvement of SMC Human Services Agency has been critical in increasing awareness, access, and participation in the CalFresh program.
Savory-sweet flavors harmoniously came together with our Pico de Gallo variation using fresh Asian Pears (which was a nice and local twist to the more tropical version with mangos). Everyone love that all the ingredients used were just from our farmers' market!
Asian Pear Pico De Gallo (Prep time: 5 mins)
- 3 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
- ½ asian pear, diced
- ½ medium red onion, diced
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 jalapeño seeded,minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- ¼ tsp salt
If you missed out on the first Collective Kitchen event, you still have time to visit the second (and the last for the season) cooking demo on November 1st (11AM-1PM) at the EPA Community Farmer's Market.