I know you have heard us say this before, but we can’t stress enough the importance of quality ingredients. We say it constantly because it’s true, and that is why we do all of our shopping at our local farmers’ market. The farmers’ market gives us the opportunity to know where our ingredients come from, speak directly to the farmers, and always provide the best quality.  Every week Chef Jean-Philippe goes to two different farmers’ markets, one here in Thousand Oaks and one in Santa Barbara.

One of the great things about shopping at a local farmers’ market is that you will always be provided with ingredients that are fresh and in season. For example, right now we are in the peak of artichoke season. Just look at these beautiful artichokes that were at the Thousand Oaks farmers’ market.

Not only is a farmers’ market great for the ingredients, but also because the farmers are selling directly to you they are able to provide these quality items at a price less expensive than the grocery store.  There is a great selection; you can find everything like fresh herbs, vegetables, fruit, homemade breads, fresh seafood and lots of other items depending on the season. You can also visit the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association booth for lots of information on the vendors and seasonal items. For more information visit www.vccfarmersmarkets.com.

Come and visit the Thousand Oaks Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 2pm-6pm at the Thousand Oaks Mall east end parking lot. If you have any questions please send an email to dianna@ayschef.com.