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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:07

Delicious Discoveries: Soups and Stews

Soups and stews are a perfect comfort food and easy dinner idea that can be prepared in advanced and reheated in a jiff. Try this recipe for Acorn Squash, Kale, and Red Lentil Stew that is easy to make, tastes delicious, and freezes and reheats well for your convenience. And the best part about this recipe is that you can make is with any winter squash variety like delicata, butternut, red kuri, hubbard, or kabocha squash which are abundant during the cold winter months at a farmers market in your neighborhood. Now you have an excuse to purchase any of those beautiful winter gourds you have always wanted to try.

Acorn Squash, Kale, Red Lentil Stew

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
¼ cup onions, diced
1 acorn squash, skin on and diced small
6 cups kale, chopped
1 cup red lentils
8 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated

In a medium pot heat oil and sauté the garlic and onion together for 6-8 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Next add the diced squash and chopped kale to the pot and sauté another 5 minutes, just until the kale has wilted. Add the lentils and the stock to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to boil. Once the stew boils, lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes or until the lentils are tender. Ladle the stew into serving bowls and sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese. If made in advance store the stew in a freezer safe plastic container for up to 2 weeks.

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I have provided for you list of farmers markets that sell year round all throughout the great state of California. Find a market close to your home and explore the fruits of your local community through its food!

Berkeley

Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market

Derby St between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia St.

Tuesday

2:00 - 7:00 pm

Emeryville

Island Earth CFM - Emeryville

Haven St. between Park Ave. and 40th St.

Thursday

12:00 - 6:00 pm

Fremont

Centerville Farmers Market

Fremont Blvd @ Bonde way

Saturday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Oakland

Jack London Square Farmers' Market

Broadway & Water Street

Sunday

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Chico

Chapman Food & Fitness Festival

1010 Cleveland St.

Friday

2:00 - 6:00 pm

Oroville

Fire House CFM

3515 Myers Street

Thursday

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pinole

Pinole Farmers Market

Pear Street & Fernandez Street

Saturday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fresno

Market on the Mall

Mariposa Mall - to S/W of Fulton Mall between EOC& Plasa Blvd

Wed & Friday

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bakersfield

Brimhall Market

9500 Brimmhall Road (at Calloway)

Saturday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Brentwood

Brentwood CFM - Sunday

741 Gretna Green Way

Sunday

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Larkspur

Marin Country Mart Farmers Market

Sir Francis Drake Blvd. & Larkspur Landing Circle

Saturday

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

San Rafael

Thursday San Rafael

Veterans Memorial Auditorium Parking lot, Civic Center Dr., Memorial Dr.

Thursday

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Willits

Willits Farmers Market

Willits City Park, Humboldt & State Streets

Thursday

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Merced

Original Merced Co. Farmers Market

Parking Lot SW Corner, 19th & N Street

Saturday

7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monterey

The Old Monterey Market Place

Monterey - Alvarado Street between Pearl and Delmonte Streets

Tuesday

4:00 - 8:00 pm

Anaheim

Seal Beach Village Certified Farmer's Market

13904 Seal Beach Blvd, Westminster Blvd & Seal Beach Blvd

Tuesday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rancho Cordova

Sunrise Station CFM

Light Rail parking lot - Sunrise & Folsom Blvds

Saturday

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

San Francisco

Associated Students All Organics FM

San Francisco State University (near Tapia Dr.)

Thursday

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande Spencers

Spencers parking lot, 1464 E Grand Avenue, cross street Courtland

Wed

8:30 - 11:00 am

Los Olivos

Los Olivos Farmers Market

2900 San Marcos Avenue

Saturday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Milpitas

Milpitas Farmers Market

India Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street

Sunday

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Anderson

Jolly Giant CFM

6719 Eastside Road

Saturday, Sunday

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fillmore

Fillmore Community CFM

Main Street at intersection w/ Central Ave.

Wed

3:00 - 7:00 pm

Davis

Davis Farmers Market

Central Park, 4th and C St

Saturday

8:00 am - 1:00 pm