Did you know the best quality apples are just around the corner from us? Gizdich Ranch is a family ran business that has gained a wonderful reputation due to their consistent apples, juices, pies, jams, and more. It is a fun place to go visit, but now you can stop by The Wharf Marketplace to pick up some of their most popular tasting foods!

Dutch Apple Pie!
I don’t think I will ever eat another apple pie, unless it is from Gizdich Ranch. The Dutch apple pie is to die for.  We sell it by the slice, or you can pick up a whole pie for a special occasion or for family dinner. 

Fresh Pressed Apple Juice
The apple juice has won many awards, and is home pressed right at the Gizdich Ranch.  We proudly carry it because it is an all natural and a healthy choice.

Homemade Jams
The Gizdich’s jams have been flying off the shelf! Anyone who is a local is aware that Gizdich has some of the best jams!  We carry their strawberry, olallieberry, apricot, and their apple butter. 

The Wharf Marketplace is honored to carry Gizdich Ranch’s local products, and we hope you stop by soon to check them out!


When your indulging in your favorite dessert you want the best of the best right? You wouldn’t want to waste your dessert and calories on something that isn’t truly amazing. I am the biggest ice cream lover of all time, and I have finally found the ice cream I have been searching for, Revival Ice Cream, in the heart of Downtown, Monterey. Revival Ice Cream uses organic, hormone free milk from Clover Dairy, and ensures their products are made with only the finest, local, and organic ingredients.

Revival is the best local spot if you’re craving something sweet after dinner; it even has gluten free options. At The Wharf Marketplace we carry their Coconut Milk Chocolate Bar, Lemon Poppy Sandwich, Vanilla Raspberry Bar, and their gluten-free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich.  These bars are exceptional, and can be an amazing choice for the non-dairy or gluten free individuals.  We also carry their pints in vanilla, chocolate, mint, and their Bees Knees flavor (honey). Honey Company’s local honey in the Bees Knees flavor, it is something you must try! 

Warmer days are just around the corner. Come stop at The Wharf Marketplace and enjoy the fantastic flavors from Revival Ice cream and play a game of cornhole or simply enjoy our outside lounge area!


If you’re the type of home cook who loves to spoil your family and friends while impressing them at the same time, then The Wharf Marketplace has the carefully selected items you want in your kitchen. We picked our top kitchen must-haves below that will help you create fresh, tasty, and stylish dishes for your dinner table.

Are you always in the kitchen using a variety of herbs?  If so, you must own a pair of herb scissors.  At The Wharf Marketplace we carry top quality herb scissors made by Endurance.  They are stainless steel, dishwasher safe, and come with a blade cover for safe storage.  These scissors are ideal for basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, dill, and many more herbs!

Martha Stewart’s Vegetables Book is perfect for a home cook who enjoys cooking with fresh vegetables; all the recipes are created to showcase the vegetables of the season.   The book also gives advice on the selection, storing, preparation, and cooking of seasonal vegetables.   If you are vegetarian or just love vegetables, I would highly consider this book; the creativity and diversity of the recipes are hard to find elsewhere. Martha Stewart’s Vegetables Book is perfect for a home cook who enjoys cooking with fresh vegetables; all the recipes are created to showcase the best vegetables for the season.   The book also gives advice on the selection, storing, preparation, and cooking of seasonal vegetables. 

The Cast Iron Small Oval Gratin, made by Typhoon, will change your life.  It is stylish, pre-seasoned, durable, non-stick finish, and is ideal for healthy low fat cooking with no oil!  We highly suggest using this cast iron skillet for an oven roasted Brussel sprout dish; the dish will bring the aesthetic and taste you want to your table.

If you’re searching for a beautiful set of serving tongs then look no further! They are stainless steel and would go well with the Ian Saude Hammered Bowl.  These tongs look striking on the dinner table and would make for a beautiful gift. The Wharf Marketplace hand-picked this beautifully designed bowl because of its versatility, and the sophisticated look it will bring to your dinner table.   This bowl will make any salad or side dish look even more appetizing.l.

These fantastic kitchen goods are sure to make your guest impressed while cutting down on your kitchen time so you can enjoy company. Stop in at The Wharf Marketplace and ask a sales associate for assistance i finding these items or many others that we carry!


Don’t you hate feeling full 30 minutes into Super Bowl Sunday after eating nachos, chicken wings, and all the other greasy, mouthwatering foods? Food is what makes the Super Bowl a party, but you don’t want to be so full that you can’t even try all the yummy appetizers. The Wharf Marketplace has created the ultimate Super Bowl Sunday snack to solve this problem, the Artisan Tri-tip Taco!

This taco is a low-carb snack, but that does not mean it is any less tasty than your average Super Bowl Sunday foods.  We use a locally grown Artisan lettuce cup to substitute the tortilla.  The lettuce cup is filled with our bbq tri-tip, house made pico de gallo, and a spoonful of guacamole.  The tri-tip is barbecued to perfection with our house made rub of olive oil and herbs. The pico de gallo consists of chopped tomato, onion, jalapeno, lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper. 

 The Artisan Tri-tip Taco would be a new, fresh, and healthier option that many of your Super Bowl Sunday guests would indulge themselves in.  If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party and are worried about gluten free or just health conscious guests, this taco would be a wonderful accommodation. It is a low-carb snack, but that does not mean it is any less tasty than your average Super Bowl Sunday foods.  We use a locally grown artisan lettuce cup to substitute the tortilla.  The lettuce cup is filled with our bbq tri-tip, house made pico de gallo, and a spoonful of guacamole.  The tri-tip is barbecued to perfection with our house made rub of olive oil and herbs. The pico de gallo consists of chopped tomato, onion, jalapeno, lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper.  The Artisan Tri-tip Taco would be a new, fresh, healthier option that many of your Super Bowl Sunday guests would like to indulge themselves in.  If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party and worried about gluten free or health conscious guests, the Artisan Taco would be a wonderful accommodation.


All of the components of the taco are available for purchase at The Wharf Marketplace.   We sell the Artisan Lettuce, pico de gallo, tri-tip, and guacamole.  We also have an amazing catering menu that has many options for Super Bowl Sunday including the prawn cocktail platters.  Give The Wharf Marketplace a ring this week to setup your catering order so you can stress less and enjoy more!

For Your Next Pasta Dish, Go Big with Bigoli!

Now, The Wharf Marketplace carries locally made pasta that is of the highest quality ingerdients. "Bigoli" is traditionally handmade spaghetti originating from the Veneto region of Northeast Italy. Bigoli Pasta is made from the best organic and local produce, flours, and eggs; it is produced right out of Sand City, CA. The rough texture helps the sauce cling to the pasta; it is somewhat denser than normal pasta and has the memorable taste most people are searching for.

The Wharf Marketplace is currently carrying these three types of Bigoli Pasta: Egg Parpardelle, Egg Spaghetti, and Spinach Fettuccine.

Bigoli’s Egg Parpadelle would be an exceptional choice for a Carbonara dish. A simple marina sauce or just some butter, parmesan, and parsley works well too.

Bigoli’s Egg Spaghetti is precisely the pasta I would choose for one of the most beloved dishes of all time, spaghetti and meatballs.

Bigoli’s Spinach Fettuccine is truly unique due to its fresh, healthy ingredients. The ingredients consist of wheat flour, semolina, egg, spinach, and salt. You know what they say, less is more. One of our favorite, simple ways to enjoy the spinach fettuccine is with skillet-charred cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan cheese, EVOO drizzle, and a pinch of salt and pepper - fresh basil too!

For your next pasta dish, stop by The Wharf Marketplace, where we take great pride in every hand selected, local, homemade product we carry. Don’t miss out!

Feel like traveling this year - let this olive oil take you there!

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sit back, relax, dip, sip, enjoy...repeat. Feel like taking a vacation this year? Let this olive oil take you there! Greece is known for a lot of things beautiful; views, beaches, and of course olives. When you purchase Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil it will take you on a tantalizing tour of this beautiful place. 

Olive oil is well known for its taste, health benefits, and has been used daily in many households for several years. The quality of the olives and process in which the olive oil is made affects both the taste, and the healthy attributes of the olive oil. It is a good idea to do a little research on olive oil to ensure it is up to the standards you are searching for. At The Wharf Marketplace we carry the best local olive oil in the area, but recently decided to go out of the box due to the discovery of this wonderful gem, Kiklos Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Read below to discover why Kiklos Extra Virgin Olive Oil may in fact rise above its fellow competitors, and why The Wharf Marketplace chose this product.

Made With Pure Koroneiki Greek Olives

Koroneiki Greek Olives are known as “The Queen of Olives”, and it is the only varietal of olives that Kiklos uses for its olive oil. The Koroneiki has its own distinct flavors of pepperiness, bitterness, and fruitiness that create a tasty olive oil with different levels of flavor. Kiklos Koroneiki olives are grown in one region, the Peloponnese in Greece with limited production. The olives are picked at harvest time, and are cold-pressed instantaneously to produce the most superior olive oil.

Antioxidant Properties

The peppery finish of the Kiklos is a sign of a high quality extra virgin olive oil offering exceptional antioxidant properties. The antioxidant properties are high in Kiklos due to the handpicking of the Koroneiki Olives. Olive Oil has been known for years to promote health and longevity, particularly Kiklos. If you have been searching for the fountain of youth, you just found it!

The Taste Will Amaze You

Kiklos Extra Virgin Olive Oil speaks for itself; you don’t need to pair it with anything, maybe just your favorite bread. Kiklos will complete your perfect salad, and can enhance the flavor of roasted chicken, steak, or sautéed vegetables.

Perfectly Designed Bottle

The Kiklos bottle is not only aesthetically pleasing, but has been designed to preserve the taste and nutrients of the olive oil. The bottle has a sustainable cork, designed with real wood and made to last. Not only is the olive oil to die for, so is the bottle!

The Wharf Marketplace has Kiklos and More!

The Wharf Marketplace has the best vegetables, local bread, and local products to accompany your new favorite EVOO. The Bozzano Balsamic Vinegar we carry would pair well with Kiklos and make for the perfect dipping sauce. Give Kiklos a try; it will be a fresh, healthy start to this New Year!

Let Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil be another reason The Wharf Marketplace is a great place to shop fresh and healthy for the new year.


‘Tis the season for gathering around the table with family, friends, and enjoying fresh, winter salads. One of our favorite salads this time of year is our Tanimura & Antle Artisan Lettuce with Cara Cara Orange & Shaved Fennel Winter Salad. We anticipate each year the arrival of all the components that complete this flavorful salad. Tanimura & Antle Artisan Lettuce, cara cara oranges, shaved fennel, toasted pine nuts, shaved Schoch romano cheese all tossed in our house made honey-lemon vinaigrette. Trust us, this salad will add flavor and flare to your already gorgeous table.

The main ingredients and recipe preparation for our Tanimura & Antle Artisan Lettuce with Cara Cara Orange & Shaved Fennel Winter Salad are listed here:

Tanimura & Antle Artisan Lettuce: This clamshell includes 4 heads from 6 premium varieties in its’ stay-fresh clamshell. Each variety brings a distinct flavor that complements each other when mixed, and are delicious on their own. At The Wharf Marketplace we are more than proud to use such a wonderful product in our Holiday Salad. Artisan Lettuce is a fresher alternative to processed lettuce blends, lasting longer in your fridge. Leave the heads whole in the stay-fresh clamshell until ready to use. You’ll be amazed at how many days of freshness you’ll enjoy!

Cara Cara Oranges: If you haven’t tried cara cara oranges you are seriously missing out this season. The Wharf Marketplace has the juiciest cara cara oranges that I have ever tasted. The cara cara oranges add a bright pop of color to any holiday salad while adding that sweet and tangy flavor.

Fennel: With its anise aroma and crunchy texture, it is the secret component of this year’s holiday salad. Good quality fennel consists of clean, firm, solid bulbs that have no signs of bruising; The Wharf Marketplace has the freshest fennel at the lowest market price you can find.

Pine Nuts: Have a buttery texture, slight crunch, and the right amount of nuttiness for our holiday salad. Pine nuts actually do come from pine cones and are the fanciest nut in my opinion. Toasting them really brings out their nutty flavor.

Schoch Romano Cheese: There are only a few dairies in California that hold the same standards and quality as The Schoch Family Farmstead. At The Wharf Marketplace we carry their Romano Cheese, and decided our Holiday salad would not be the same without the addition of this lovely, local cheese. Shaved pieces ensure that you won’t miss the dry, delicious taste of cheese.

House Made Lemon Vinaigrette: The Wharf Marketplace takes great pride in their salad dressings considering we have the best local salad bar in Monterey County. The house made lemon vinaigrette is a vibrant dressing that compliments all components of our Holiday Salad by adding the right amount of tangy citrus.


Preparation: 15 Minutes

Serves: 6 Guests


  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice

  • 3 tsp White Wine Vinegar

  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 tsp Local Honey

  • Pinch of Salt

  • Pinch of Pepper

4-5 cups Tanimura & Antle Artisan Lettuce (cut, rinsed, and chilled)


  • 2 Cara Cara Oranges (cut, peeled, and segmented)

  • 1 cup Shaved Fennel

  • ½ cup Toasted Pine Nuts

  • ¼ cup shaved Schoch Romano Cheese

Make the dressing first. Whisk the ingredients until they combine, and then gradually mix in the extra virgin olive oil. Set aside. Next, mix the Tanimura & Antle Artisan Lettuce with the rest of the other toppings. Place in refrigerator to chill. Minutes before you are ready to serve, toss the salad with the dressing and sprinkle a few pieces of shaved Schoch romano to finish the salad perfectly.

Voila. Eat Healthy, Be Merry with the perfect Holiday Salad.


You know the classic song by the Queen herself, Maria von Trapp, in the American classic The Sound of Music “My Favorite Things”. Here at The Wharf Marketplace, we can’t help but sing the same tune when we walk the floor with so many amazing, one-of-a-kind, holiday gift ideas. From stocking stuffers and present toppers, to show stoppers, The Wharf Marketplace has all the season's best gift ideas that can only be found right here.

LuckyDogs Bakery Artisan Baked Goods for Dogs. Lucky guarantees your canine pal will be the envy of every dog in the neighborhood when you order these Fresh-Baked biscuits. Made with only the finest Organic ingredients certified by CCOF. No wheat, corn, soy, or fillers here - handmade in individual batches and preservative-free! Santa’s helpers have been extra busy this year kicking these treat up a notch from the North Pole itself. Tasty Peanut Butter, Luscious Liver and delectable Sweet Potato biscuits… all hand-decorated by Lucky himself make this the ultimate in canine gift giving! Comes complete with Personalized Gift Tag.

Gooseberry Press One-of-a-Kind Monterey/Salinas Tea Towel. Their specialty is couture maps and illustrations. Our design was created special just for our store and truly cannot be seen anywhere else. This is the perfect present for friends and family visiting as it is the perfect token for them to take a piece of Monterey home with them.

The Ginger People Hot Ginger and Jalapeno Spicy Dip. Say good bye to The Pepper Plant and hello to The Ginger People. Ginger adds character with natural sweet heat while jalapeno adds a powerful kick. Combined, this sauce is a spicy dip with unparalleled signature heat. Liven up eggs, meats and sandwiches with this spicy dip. This all-purpose hot sauce heats up the house and plays well with most anything.

Carmel Honey Company Pure Raw Honey. Real, raw, pure honey has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It’s also loaded with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. A study conducted for Food Safety News shows that at least 75% of the honey sold in the US is actually not real honey, this is why we carry the real deal. At the Wharf Marketplace we carry the “single source” Sage honey that has a mild, delicate flavor. It is sweet in flavor, and pairs perfectly with tea.

Dardimans California Crisps Premium Blood Orange Crisps. Treat to both the eye and palate, a unique friendship of sweet and bitter sensation. Enjoy with specialty cheeses such as blue cheese, goat cheese or brie. Add to your “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” drink, or until then, to your water, salads and dips. Trust us, you will be thrilled. 100% All Natural Blood Orange.

Lula’s Chocolates Peppermint Bark. Honoring grandmother's traditional recipes and techniques, Lula’s Chocolates has never forgotten the importance of using the very finest ingredients. Their goal is to bring out the best in them and thus produce the finest chocolates. What is a great holiday season without Peppermint Bark?

Carmel Berry Co. Elderflower Cordial. The Elderflower Cordial is versatile and delicious. The Cordial is a truly exceptional addition to cocktails, sodas, and desserts. We suggest you add it to soda water, champagne or sparkling wine, or simply drizzle it over ice cream. The 200ml bottles provide between 8-13 servings per bottle, depending on how you use the product. Come to The Wharf Marketplace and pick up their brand new mini bottle; it is great for the stocking. Less than 3 oz. it’s another sweet treat perfect form the Monterey Bay.

Other Brother Co. California Growers Blend "Shorty" Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This Extra Virgin features our favorite blend of Carmel Valley, California grown olives (Arbequina, Leccino and Pendolino) which they call the "Growers Blend". Great for daily use, this oil is fruity, buttery and smooth, with a slight kick of pepperiness at the end to leave you wanting more. It comes in a light, tight 250ml tin with a convenient resealable pour spout; too cute.


Knapp Made CM Scrubber. The Knapp Made CM Scrubber is the world's best pots and pans scrubber. Cleaning cast iron cookware with the CM Scrubber is safe, fast and easy. Well-seasoned cast iron pans will now stay seasoned. Each ring is handmade from 316 grade stainless steel, the highest grade of stainless steel, used for professional food service applications and surgical instruments. Having a hard time finding them? Look no further, The Wharf Marketplace has both sizes, small ring and the large ring. This is a great one for him!

Old River Road Rustic Knot Salad Tongs. This attractive set of salad tongs will make a great addition to any table. An original look and beautiful hand knotted handles combine to create a casual elegance suitable for special occasions with everyday durability. We just love these.

With just a few weeks away from the Holidays, let The Wharf Marketplace help you stock up on the sweetest, cutest, and kitchen friendly goodies. Many of these great finds, are only available from The Wharf Marketplace, so hurry down and let us help you be that shining star this season.

Happy Holidays from The Wharf Marketplace!

Gobble, Gobble: Thanksgiving Feast at The Wharf Marketplace

Have you ever felt as if the holidays are just a busy, crazy time that you often do not get to enjoy due to the preparation and stress of the Thanksgiving Feast? The Wharf Marketplace is here to help you this holiday season; enjoy this year’s Thanksgiving by stopping by the Market to pick up all the necessary dishes to complete your meal. Our regulars know that we pride ourselves on fresh, top of the line, natural ingredients, and for this year’s Thanksgiving we have it all for you. We will be featuring our Stuff Your Face Stuffing, House Made Gravy, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Mashed Potatoes, and can’t forget that turkey.

The time and stress it takes to cook a turkey can be overwhelming for some; if you fail, Thanksgiving will be ruined and you will be named the worst cook of the year. Take the stress off your back and let The Wharf Marketplace take over this holiday. We slow roast our turkey to perfection, and add the desirable amount of herbs to create the ultimate bird. Our bucket of turkey will come with 2 thighs, 2 wings, and sliced breast meat.

Every Thanksgiving, I look forward to the amazing homemade stuffing my mom makes. This year I tried The Wharf Marketplace’s Stuff Your Face Stuffing, and my mind was blown. Stuffing is a side dish that everyone looks forward too, and it must be perfected to satisfy your guests. If you choose The Wharf Marketplace for your stuffing, it may be a quiet Thanksgiving because everyone will be stuffing their faces! The rising trend of Roasted Brussel Sprouts is fulfilled at The Wharf Marketplace. Brussel Sprouts are wonderfully healthy for you, and even healthier when you add bacon to enhance the nutrients and taste! Don’t miss out on this tasty side! Grab some of our famous Curly Kale salad as well. This one is great, because it gets better with time. The morning after Thanksgiving, try taking some of the left over salad and add an egg over easy.

Don’t waste time peeling and mashing the potatoes! Enjoy your time with your family, kick back and relax. The Wharf Marketplace will take care of the mashed potatoes this year!

Our house made gravy is unlike any other. Gravy can be difficult to perfect; but with the proper precision, and talent at The Wharf Marketplace we have created an exceptional gravy to compliment your Thanksgiving feast.

Our prices are outstanding for the quality, and talent invested in our Thanksgiving feast. It will save you much stress, and time if you stop in The Wharf Marketplace this Holiday season. You can always purchase a side or two, just to make your life easier. The best part is that your guests won’t know it wasn’t homemade!

This year we are we are offering our Gobble, Gobble Thanksgiving Feast for $150.00; which includes:

  • Slow oven roasted Turkey with two thighs, two wings, and an assortment of breast meat.
  • 1.5 LB of TWM House Made Stuffing
  • 3 LB of TWM Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 Quart of TWM House Made Gravy
  • 2.5 LB of Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • 16 oz of Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Pack of Fresh Golden Sheaf Potato Rolls

Call us today and we would love to get your order together! 831.649.1116


Do you ever get tired of eating the typical buffalo wings and volcanic nachos cheese sauce during football season? The Wharf Marketplace has several local products that will amaze your group of football fans, tantalize their taste buds, and keep them asking for more! Check out some of favorites here:

Mutsu Apple Dipped in Stonewall’s Caramel Bourbon Pecan Sauce

This one changes it up from the typical salty, fried, and greasy football season foods. The multi-purpose, sweet, tangy, Mutsu apples are in season, and go amazing with the Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce. This caramel sauce we carry at The Wharf Marketplace is handcrafted with pieces of pecan and a hint of Bourbon, we believe Stonewall has outdone themselves on this one!

Chorizo and Chipotle Gouda served with Jeffrey’s Best Spiced Pecans

The Chorizo Navarre we carry at The Wharf Marketplace is a Spanish inspired salame with smoked paprika and cayenne. It is amazingly unique, and pairs well with our chipotle gouda from Boar’s Head. You can slice up the chorizo and cheese to serve as appetizers; it is an all time favorite at The Wharf Marketplace! The local favorite, Jeffrey’s Spiced Pecans will complete this appetizer. The Wharf Marketplace has always carried Jeffrey’s Pecans, they compliment cheese plates very well, or are tasty enough to simply be served in bowl.

Uncle Jerry’s Pretzels with Inglehoffer Mustards

The stone ground Inglehoffer Mustard or their sweet honey mustard are to die for, served with the Uncle Jerry’s Pretzels we carry at The Wharf Marketplace. The award winning, Uncle Jerry’s Pretzels, are fat free with no preservatives but, you couldn’t tell when you take a bite! Inglehoffer is a family owned business that has been around for 85 years, their mustard is a must have for this football season!

House Made Potato Chips with our Spinach Artichoke Dip

The Wharf Marketplace has house made potato chips and spinach artichoke dip that will make your mouth water. Both homemade products have no preservatives and are made right at The Wharf Marketplace. If you’re having a bigger party and need a larger quantity, we would love to accomodate you, just give us a call!

Gourmet Village Horseradish and Bacon Dip with Celery

The Wharf Marketplace only carries the best of the best products, if you’re looking for the perfect dip, Gourmet Village’s Horseradish and Bacon Mix Dip is unreal. You can mix it with sour cream for the ultimate, indulgent, creamy dip or use yogurt if you’re that health nut. The Wharf Marketplace has the freshest, most crisp celery to go with your dip for just $0.99cents!

Come by The Wharf Marketplace to check out what products will make every touchdown of your football season more memorable! We also have a wonderful catering menu that might make entertaining your fellow sports fans more fun than ever before. Give us a call today with any questions or simply stop by.


The human body is meant to consume alkaline foods, such as fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains. Alkaline foods are between 7 to 14 on the pH scale, anything below 7 is considered acidic. Many people believe an alkaline focused diet will reduce or even stop the risk of cancer cells in the body. By eating more alkaline foods, you will be consuming less processed and acidic foods, and your body will become healthier. The alkaline focused eating has many benefits such as, protecting your muscle mass and bone density, lowering your risk for hypertension, and reduces inflammation in your body. Start eating more alkaline foods today and see the difference!

Here we have the 6 Alkaline Foods at The Wharf Marketplace that will rejuvenate, clean, and create new cells for your body:


Asparagus is one of the greatest green vegetables for balancing your pH levels in your body. One of my favorite recipes is whole grain pasta with asparagus, garlic, olive oil, and basil leaves. The combination of the asparagus and whole grain pasta creates a neutral pH in your body, making it the perfect alkaline meal. The Wharf Marketplace has the most consistent selection of asparagus - you won’t see me buying my asparagus anywhere else.


Avocados are my favorite, they are a nutrient dense, alkaline superfood. Avocados have the good fats that can help you to lose weight and they up your high-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol) Stop in at The Wharf Marketplace and we can help you pick out the ripest avocados.

Avocado Flower

Avocado Flower


Bananas are high in potassium, iron, copper, and help to create blood cells in your body. Bananas also have a good amount of Vitamin B6, which ensures proper nerve and cell function in the body. At The Wharf Marketplace, bananas are at the best market price available at $1.19/lbs.


I can’t help myself when it comes to cantaloupes this season! They are so delicious and you cannot get a better deal, then at The Wharf Marketplace, only a 1.99! Cantaloupes are high in phytochemicals and in alkaline reactive properties.


You won’t find these apples anywhere, but you can count on The Wharf Marketplace to always ahve them when in season. Mutsu apples are a good source of soluble fiber, vitamins A, and vitamin C. Most of the nutrients is found in the skin of the apple. These apples are especially great, because they are grown right here in our back yard from Amaral's Apples and certified organic. If you’re looking for a healthy, alkaline snack, The Wharf Marketplace will wash and cut up an apple for you right on the spot!


Oregano has been used for centuries as a healing supplement. It can be used to aid in digestion, and can help with heartburn. Oregano can be consumed as tea. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons and let steep for about 10 minutes. Buy a bunch of oregano for just $0.99 at The Wharf Marketplace. Our herbs are always fresh and for an outstanding price!

Come see for your self our daily salads, produce department, and our build your own salad bar. Feel the difference fresh food can make on your body!


A local favorite at The Wharf Marketplace is the Schoch Family Farmstead milk, yogurt, and artisan cheeses we proudly carry. They are unique products that the locals of Monterey County have a strong appreciation for. The Schoch Family Farmstead has been operating for 70 years through 3 generations, and is owned and managed by John Schoch himself. John’s three sons work on the farm, and manage the cheese aging, irrigation, and other demands of the dairy. There are less than five dairies in California, where the owner is also the milker - John is up at 5:00 am every morning to start the milking!

The raw, unpasteurized, and non-homogenized milk we carry flies off the shelves at The Wharf Marketplace; locals recognize the name and can’t help themselves. The Wharf Marketplace recently started carrying the Swiss Style Schoch yogurt and it is truly amazing. The yogurt is drinkable, so it is perfect if you are on the go. Schoch Family Farmstead is environmentally friendly by reusing the glass bottles; every time you purchase milk or yogurt you will be given a bottle deposit. All of Schoch’s products are held to the same sanitation standards as post-pasteurized dairy products. Schoch Family farmstead is 1 of 3 dairy farms in California that has the license to sell raw milk.

At The Wharf Marketplace we carry five types of Schoch Family Farmstead artisan cheeses; East of Edam, Mt. Toro Tomme, Romano, Junipero, and Monterey Farmstead Jack. At the Wharf Marketplace we have an exquisite, handpicked selection of cheeses, and the Schoch Family Farmstead cheeses are the most popular, and sought after by the locals. My personal favorite is the Junipero, which is a sweet, nutty, swiss style cheese that pairs well with a glass of Pinot Noir. Stop by The Wharf Marketplace today to check out the Schoch Family Farmstead products, once you go raw you will never go back!

Recipe Alert: CAUL-ing all Cauliflower Lovers!

The Wharf Marketplace carries cauliflower that has been harvested right off the farm, and is sold at the every day low price of $1.99 - ALWAYS! The Wharf Marketplace carries white, orange, and purple cauliflower all year round; lucky for us, cauliflower is avauilable all year round. One of our most popular salads at The Wharf Marketplace is our Seasonal Raw Veggie Salad, it contains: cherry tomatoes, kale, edamame, broccoli, carrots, corn, and of course our amazing tricolor cauliflower. It makes for a beautiful side dish, and guarantees you receive the array of nutrients your body is calling for. Come in today and ask for a sample. It'll leave your buds wanting more!

Fresh Vegetable Medley

Fresh Vegetable Medley

Cauliflower heads should be firm and tightly closed without loose florettes. White cauliflower should be bright white, purple varieties should have a nice dark eggplant color, and orange bright like the sun. Reject any heads that show signs of softness, that is the the start of spoilage. Cauliflower can be used to make fritters, soup, soufflés, tabbouleh, salads, and even cauliflower couscous or pilaf. Cauliflower is packed full of vitamin C, and folic acid; however, after it has been cooked the nutrients are lost due to the fact they are water soluble. (Tip: Never overcook cauliflower, its natural crunch is part of its desire). Cauliflower is still full of fiber, low in fat, and contains other nutrients, making it a very healthy vegetable. Studies have shown that most of the nutrients remain if they are just slightly stir-fried or baked. The Raw Veggie Salad at The Wharf Marketplace is amazing because the raw veggies are so tasty, colorful, and full of nutrients; you can’t stop eating it.

If you have run out of ideas for healthy, easy to make side dishes or snacks; the following recipe will help you out - Roasted Cauliflower! The tri-color cauliflower at The Wharf Marketplace would be ideal due to its fresh, firm, and tasty characteristics; not to mention it complements a dinner dish with its beautiful color. Try it out below!


• 1 head cauliflower
• 1 sliced medium onion
• 4 thyme sprigs
• 4 unpeeled garlic cloves
• 3 tablespoons Carmel Valley Olive Oil
• Kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut 1 head of cauliflower into florets; toss on a large rimmed baking sheet with 1 sliced medium onion, 4 thyme sprigs, 4 unpeeled garlic cloves, and 3 tablespoons olive oil; season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until almost tender, 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, toss to combine, and roast until cauliflower is tender, 10-12 minutes longer.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Quick, simple, and a family favorite. Come in today and take care of that cauliflower caul-ing! 

TWM offers some Fine Wine this Summertime!

Monterey’s climate was once thought to be too cold for vineyards, now it is one of the prime growing regions of California. The coastal weather makes for the perfect complexity and ripeness in the grapes. The Wharf Marketplace is the most ideal place to crack a bottle of wine and relax this summer. The Wharf Marketplace carries local wines from Monterey County and our surrounding areas. We serve wine by the glass and we offer no corkage on purchased bottles for enjoying outside on our bay side patio. Have you been to our Taste It Thursdays? Every Thursday, we offer complimentary wine tastings to show of the excellent local wines we carry - check the TWM Events page for the schedule.


Carmel Road Winery was named after the back road which connects the growing region to the ocean, while passing through the Santa Lucia highlands and Arroyo Seco. Carmel Road is known for their minerality and uniqueness of their unoaked chardonnay and pinot noir. Whether it be chardonnay or pinot noir, all the grapes are picked according to the soil, ripening patterns, and the grapes are specially aged in French oak barrels. Drew Barrymore and the talented Kris Kato, are the makers of this amazing, local wine. It is a top seller at The Wharf Marketplace; we sell the pinot noir and chardonnay by the glass. We also carry the 375ml bottles; perfect to take to the beach or on a picnic! Just in…the rose of pinot noir!

Joyce Vineyard is a family business founded by Russell Joyce in 1980; it all began on his small property in Carmel Valley. Joyce started off as a micro winery, and now has an urban winemaking facility in Salinas. The wines are produced throughout a variety of appellations within Monterey County and along the Central Coast. Come by The Wharf Marketplace to taste a glass of their merlot. We also carry their cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and chardonnay by the bottle. Come by The Wharf
Marketplace to talk to our wine expert about the exceptional Joyce varietals!

De Tierra Vineyards has become a thriving, reputable brand by focusing on the utilization of organic and sustainable farming practices within the county. 90% of their grapes are estate grown and they are one of the first vineyards in Monterey County to produce organic wines. De Tierra is a vegan, solar powered company that hand picks their very own grapes. At TWM we carry many of their varietals, including their syrah, chardonnay, and red blends. Their Vindegard 2014 Chardonnay is a favorite, perfect for summer time.

You know what they say: a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away! Come down to The Wharf Marketplace tonight and enjoy a taste, a glass or a bottle by the bay!

They're back!! Tour de Fresh riders zip from NAPA --> Monterey and end at The Wharf Marketplace.

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, is the first-of-its-kind, collaborative event that unites the most significant brands and influencers in the fresh produce industry for a four-day cycling event that raises funds to benefit the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign. The inaugural event, in 2014, raised over $142,000 and placed over 40 salads bars in communities in 11 states and the 2015 event also had success in multiple states, bringing the total funds raised after two years to over $300,000 and placing over 100 salad bars in schools across the country!

The goal of the 2016 Tour de Fresh and its participants is to privately finance 100+ new salad bars in school districts across the country. At a cost of $3,100 per salad bar per school, sponsors and participants alike strongly believe that providing healthy eating opportunities for school children should be a requirement. Please join us in our cause to make a difference and provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables for kids in schools.

Together, The Wharf Marketplace and Tanimura & Antle, are partnering to support this movement by featuring a Tour de Fresh Salad and a Tour de Fresh Smoothie. For two weeks prior to the finish line day, you can visit us at The Wharf Marketplace and enjoy these delicious, custom-created breakfast and lunch options. Early morning workouts mean a quick, healthy breakfast on the go. The Rise and Shine Breakfast Date Shake is nutritious, sweet and creamy. On the other hand, the Schools out for Summer Salad is light and perfect for your after workout treat. Created to resemble a salad that one would actually make from a donated salad bar, it will not disappoint. Proceeds from both go directly to The California Giant Foundation.

Schools out for Summer: Mixed Greens, Grilled Chicken, Shredded Carrots, Cherry Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado with House Made Ranch Dressing.

Rise and Shine: Almond Milk, Dates, Banana, Cinnamon, Ice, and Vanilla.

Team T&A members include Joey Bruno, Christa Schuck, Aaron Torres, and Helena Beckett. They say: "Many school districts are either unaware of the benefits salad bars can bring to their students, or have been unable to afford the basic equipment needed to adopt this strategy. The powerful health benefit that can come with a modern, food-safety compliant salad bar is too often blocked by the prohibitive capital cost in many school districts. Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is creating the opportunity make change - Please join us by making a donation today". Come down to The Wharf Marketplace and enjoy a delicious Date Shake or Fresh Salad. See you soon!

Eat more Stone Fruit this Summer and #SHOPTWM!

As if summer isn’t already amazing enough, the juicy stone fruits are in their peak season of July and August, and to die for. At The Wharf Marketplace our selection of stone fruits are handpicked by our produce manager, Mark, for nothing but quality. We have ample supply of apricots, yellow nectarines, and yellow peaches for $1.99/LB and $2.99/LB respectively. They are perfect for a healthy snack or dessert if you’re craving sweet and juicy; try putting them with my greek yogurt or cereal in the morning. At The Wharf Marketplace have a seasonal spinach salad special with nectarines, blackberries, pecans, and a little bit of goat cheese. During Taste It Thursday one of our favorite summer crostinis is brie cheese with grilled yellow peach and local honey topped with spiced pecans.

You have to eat as many peaches as you can during their peak season! They aren’t the same in their off season and they hold many benefits. They are rich in phytochemicals, vitamin A, and vitamin C. They keep the skin healthy by acting as a natural moisturizer and they are known to be a great stress reliever - we all know we could use that. If you’re worried about your summer bod, eat more peaches! They only have 35-50 calories per peach and no fat. They also help you to feel more full throughout your day.

Stone Fruit Season is upon us.

Stone Fruit Season is upon us.

Most of us, Californians, have had an apricot before; they are sweet with a slight tartness. I grew up with an apricot tree in my backyard and I love this wonderful fruit. These beautiful orange colored fruits are packed full of beta-carotene, fiber, and antioxidants. While choosing your apricots, make sure to look for the color orange, and stay away from the pale, yellow apricots. The ripe, orange apricots have stayed on the tree longer and hold the most antioxidants.

With this summer heat upon us, who doesn’t love a juicy, ripe nectarine with its smooth skin yet firm texture? They are absolutely delightful and full of antioxidants during the months of July, August, and even the beginning of September. Nectarines have been associated with reducing the risk of cancer and aid in proper digestion, helping to reduce the risk of obesity. Nectarines are usually a bit more firm than some of the other stone fruits, making them perfect for a fruit or green salad!

Summer has so many amazing qualities: the weather, the beach, and stone fruit..what's your favorite? #SHOPTWM and tell us why you love these delicious gems of summer!!

Got plans this Fourth of July weekend? You’ll want to add The Wharf Marketplace to your agenda!

The Wharf Marketplace is the perfect place to spend the day this weekend. Walk, jog, or bike this way to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with barbeques, games, picnics and many other fun activities all of which The Wharf Marketplace offers.

Fourth of July Monterey

BBQ - You know The Wharf Marketplace BBQ’s every weekend, right? This weekend and Monday we will be serving up hot, delicious lunch specials straight from our grill. Our signature Santa Maria style tri-tip sandwich is a local favorite. Loaded with thick cut tri-tip, roasted red peppers, and BBQ sauce all on a local Cuban roll, this one will leave you begging for more. Salmon Tacos? So fresh and little bit lighter, these tacos fill two corn tortillas with salmon, cabbage, house made guacamole, sour cream, and house made pico de gallo. Both BBQ specials are served with a crisp side salad. Serving BBQ Saturday, Sunday and Monday this holiday weekend from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

CORNHOLE - What better way to work off that lunch than with a little game of Cornhole. Read up on the official rules or come down and have a leisurely toss with friends. We have three custom sets, so no waiting for a game here. With ice cold beer on draft, and the weather looking good this weekend, come to The Wharf Marketplace and give the game a go…you won’t regret it!

PICNIC PIT STOP - The Wharf Marketplace is perfectly convenient for this Fourth of July’s day excursions. The Monterey County is well known for its beautiful scenic outdoors, it’s the perfect place for a picnic on the beach, or hiking in Big Sur or Carmel Valley. The Wharf Marketplace carries all the specialty items you need to pack your picnic basket full and head out to the wilderness. Locals and tourists alike, enjoy Monterey for its eventful hiking in Big Sur, bike riding, kayaking, and exploring all the surroundings. The Wharf Marketplace is passionate for the Monterey community and supports local business by carrying many of their delightful products that are sure to enhance any vacation or staycation picnic. With Summer16’ upon us, trust us to fill your basket to the brim with pure deliciousness.

Don’t forget, whatever you plan this weekend, make sure it includes The Wharf Marketplace!

SUMMER'16 is here - Let The Wharf Marketplace show you how to picnic like a champ!

Summer is here - The Wharf Marketplace is perfectly convenient for summer day excursions. The Monterey County is well known for its beautiful scenic outdoors, it’s the perfect place for a picnic on the beach, or hiking in Big Sur or Carmel Valley. The Wharf Marketplace carries all the specialty items you need to pack your picnic basket full and head out to the wilderness. Locals and tourists alike, enjoy Monterey for its eventful hiking in Big Sur, bike riding, kayaking, and exploring all the surroundings. The Wharf Marketplace is passionate for the Monterey community and supports local business by carrying many of their delightful products that are sure to enhance any vacation or staycation picnic. With Summer16’ upon us, trust us to fill your basket to the brim with pure deliciousness.

For starters, our ADK Packworks Backpacks are designed for the go-getter. Don’t you hate when you’re at the beach and you’re bag falls over in the sand? Our problems have been solved with the ADK packbasket. The packbasket works as a sturdy reusable bag and can ideally be turned into a backpack. If you’re an outdoorsy person, the ADK packbasket will keep you practical and stylish this summer.

ADK PACKWORKS are a must.

ADK PACKWORKS are a must.

At The Wharf Marketplace we have delicious homemade spinach and artichoke dip, red onion dip, and herb hummus made in house by our executive Chef. The dips are wonderful with carrots, celery, pita chips, potato chips, and pretty much anything you can scoop! We carry all the fresh veggies from Salinas and chips to go with our dips. Our tasty dips have no preservatives and they are made fresh every day.

Our house made potato chips are literally to die for. They are prepared to perfection by baking them with only the finest, all natural ingredients. Our potatoes are slightly salted and seasoned to perfection – it’s true, bet you can’t just eat one!

Nothing completes a summer day more than a nice cold beer. Here at The Wharf Marketplace we carry beer from our favorite, local breweries: Alvarado Street Brewery, English Ales, Golden State Brewery, Mission Trail Ciders, and more. We just started carrying the pilsner cans from Alvarado, perfect for the beach! We have bottled beer, draft beers, and we have happy hour Monday through Friday 4:30-6:30 PM.

Alvarado Street Peninsula Pilsner is A-Ok!

Alvarado Street Peninsula Pilsner is A-Ok!

When you’re on the way to the park, stop by The Wharf Marketplace to visit our wine guy, Enrique. He has the knowledge to advise you on the selection of all our wonderful, local wine. Our handpicked assortment of white wines and roses are prime time for summer time!

At The Wharf Marketplace we carry the highest quality specialty cheeses and charcuterie for your picnic basket or wine pairing boards. Boar’s Head is whom we get our Italian salami, mortadella, chorizo, and other deli meats. They only use the highest quality ingredients and we are proud to serve their products. If you just need a little cheese, and salami to go with your summer day, The Wharf Marketplace can do that too. You can’t forget our freshly baked ciabatta rolls and our assortment of bread we carry from local bakeries as well, they go great with the meats and cheeses.

Summertime equals watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, and all the amazing fruits that come with summer. At The Wharf Marketplace we specialize in fresh produce and we always have the prices that no one can compete with. Sweet tastes of summer with that salty charcuterie is something we all wait for.

Come in to The Wharf Marketplace and let us put together the best basket your summer has ever seen. Whether you need a quick bite to take to a family gathering or lunch built to last all day, The Wharf Marketplace will fill up your baskets with nothing but the best the Monterey Peninsula has to offer.


The Wharf Marketplace: 290 Figueroa Street, Monterey, CA 93940

The Wharf Marketplace: 290 Figueroa Street, Monterey, CA 93940


There is nothing like coming home and rummaging through your mother's or father's pantry. The pure magic of having everything you ever imagine needing for that perfect last minute party, and also the cute straws, seemed impossible to master. Having the basics stocked in the pantry is essential to cooking tasty meals, wowing friends for brunch and dinner parties, and let’s be frank, it’s like money in the bank. The trick is to know what are the absolutes and what you can live without. Follow our list below and you’ll be well on your way to stocking the perfect pantry – trust us.

Hey Boo All Natural Coconut Jam

Hey Boo All Natural Coconut Jam


Tired of the boring, strawberry jam and butter on your toast every morning? Do you ever find yourself searching for something new to spruce up your morning breakfast routine? Look no further! Stop by The Wharf Marketplace to pick up the award winning, Hey Boo Coconut Jam. Not only is it gluten and dairy free, but it is rich, creamy, and absolutely to die for. It consists of only the highest, quality ingredients: egg yolks, coconut milk, and cane sugar. You’ll have everyone at brunch asking you to reveal the sweet secret!

Pairing Suggestions for Hey Boo Coconut Jam: with toast, waffles, pancakes, scones, biscuits, bagels, yogurt, ice cream, and cakes. As a dip for pretzels, crackers, green apples with cheese, such as fromage blanc (pour on top) or aged mahon, with baked plantains, fried bananas and even sticky rice

Perfect for spreading on toast


It will be hard to find quality, organic, extra virgin olive oil from a sustainable, local family farmer such as Bozzano Ranch Olive Oil. This is why The Wharf Marketplace takes great pride in carrying Bozzano Olive Ranch Products. The Bozzano family are fourth generation farmers from San Joaquin Valley; they produce award winning, California extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants and has been known to help you live a longer life. If you are concerned about consuming the most pure extra virgin olive oil, it is important to buy from a reputable business such as Bozzano. Many of the lower quality olive oils are highly processed and have been rendered with lower quality oils. The Wharf Marketplace also carries Bozzano’s, 100% organic balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy. Bozzano’s extra virgin olive oil and vinegar are wonderful for a dipping sauce with local sourdough or ciabatta bread at dinner time.

Bozzano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Bozzano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Perfect for dipping

Perfect for dipping


Friend In Cheeses Prickly Purple Cactus Pear Heart

Friend In Cheeses Prickly Purple Cactus Pear Heart

Everybody loves wine and cheese; it is entertaining to pair and enjoy a variety. Next time you have friends over for wine and cheese night, think of Friend in Cheeses! Friend in Cheeses Jam Company carries local, organic, and seasonal jams to compliment cheese, wine, and the food in our area. They are a wonderful, eco-conscious company started by a successful woman from Santa Cruz, Tabitha Stroup, who has been cooking and savoring food, wine, and cheese for over 20 years. One amazing, seasonal jam we carry at The Wharf Marketplace is the Prickly Purple Heart. It is made with the highest quality, dry farmed cactus pear, and is perfectly paired with goat or sheep cheeses and the driest of wines. The other jams we carry are Smokin Padron, Pinot Cherries, Fig and Fennel Jam, and Forbidden Fruit. These different jams are specifically made to be paired with certain cheeses, food, and wine. Stop by The Wharf Marketplace next time you’re having a wine and cheese night!


What could be better than local honey comb to accompany your cheese and charcuterie plate? The Wharf Marketplace adores The Carmel Honey Company and proudly carries their honeycomb. The company was started by a student, Jake, working on a school project and has now become a successful, local company. They support the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center by donating every year. Honeycomb has many health benefits: promotes healthy glucose metabolism, protects the liver, and lowers bad cholesterol while raising the good. Plus it lasts forever - If you don’t know, now you know.

Carmel Honey Company Honeycomb

Carmel Honey Company Honeycomb


These balsamic beet slices are a pantry must have! They are amazing in salads, paired with a little goat cheese. The beets are also perfect to enjoy by themselves. At The Wharf Marketplace we carry many of Preservation and Company’s products such as their black pepper asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Their products are wonderful since they last for quite a long time and are delicious. Stock up and pull them out later for a pleasant surprise.

Preservation and Co. Balsamic Beet Slices

Preservation and Co. Balsamic Beet Slices

Whatever you decide to throw in your shopping basket here at TWM, rest assured, that it will add a little ‘spice’ and excitement to your delicious offerings. Shop TWW Sunday-Wednesday 7:00-7:00 PM and Thursday-Saturday 7:00-8:00 PM. Also find us on:

The Salad Bar at The Wharf Marketplace: Best Salad Monterey County, Artisan Lettuces, and Healthy Tips to Keep You on Your Lettuce Game

One of the things we do best at The Wharf Marketplace is salad and fresh produce! The Wharf Marketplace recently won Best Salad in Monterey County; we can thank our fresh, local produce, and loyal guests for our success.

Salinas grown Artisan Lettuces

Salinas grown Artisan Lettuces

Mixed Artisan Lettuces, Curly Kale, Quinoa, Yellow Peach, and Black Berry

Mixed Artisan Lettuces, Curly Kale, Quinoa, Yellow Peach, and Black Berry

The Artisan Lettuce we carry is amazingly lush and unique.  It includes three types of lettuce that hold different nutritional benefits, and make for the perfect, colorful salad.  In addition, our other lettuces such as, Field Fresh Red Leaf, romaine hearts, and iceberg are grown locally in Salinas (April - September), and always offered at everyday low prices. Our curly kale is sensational and adds the perfect texture and taste to the house favorite Curly Kale Salad. Not only do we have a variety of leafy greens you will want in your salads; we also have cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and other fresh, local produce to compliment your dinner party with friends and family. Furthermore, the kale and spinach are not only fantastic in salad, but are perfect for smoothies, and our romaine is exceptional for lettuce wraps.  Have you been to the salad bar at The Wharf Marketplace? It has all the healthy toppings you could possibly wish for. We use fresh seasonal veggies, fruit, and you can choose salmon, tri- tip, or chicken as your protein. The salad bar is perfect for lunch with a friend, or if you’re in a hurry on your lunch break.  We are open till seven, so you can always stop in for dinner too!  Some of the house favorite are: The Salinas Cowboy or the Seared Salmon Salad. Not exactly what you were looking for? That’s perfect, you can get creative and make your own salad with 5 toppings for only $7.99 - See you soon.Nutritional Benefits and Tips Leafy greens such as our kale, spinach, romaine, and artisan lettuce are full of nutrients and are overwhelmingly good for you.  We mostly eat these greens in our salads or smoothies which usually contain other healthy ingredients. Calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, folate, and fiber are all found in leafy greens.  The fiber in these leafy greens have been known to reduce cholesterol levels, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes, and constipation.  Romaine Lettuce can have up to 232mg of potassium in one cup and spinach has even more per cup. Potassium is a major nutrient of the body and Americans are often deficient.  Potassium plays a major role in regulating our blood pressure, and has been associated in lowering the risk of heart disease.Here are some tips to ensure your salad is healthy:

  1. Include a mixture of greens, spinach, kale, lettuce, or romaine.
  2. Stay away from creamy dressings. Try to stick to olive oil and vinegar based dressings. My favorite is TWM balsamic vinaigrette.
  3. Limit croutons, cheese, salted or candied nuts, and other toppings that are high in sodium or fat.  
  4. Load your salad up with bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, apples, or pomegranate seeds.  We have all of these items at the TWM salad bar.  These ingredients are nutrient dense and low in calorie.
  5. Try to stick to only 3oz. of lean protein including: chicken, salmon, tofu, soybeans, egg, etc.

Some of us would love to eat more salad, but where is the time?!Salads can be time consuming. I know everyone is extremely busy with their careers, kids, and the list goes on.  I personally love salad for many reasons; you feel amazing after eating one, you can be creative, and you can eat a huge, healthy salad without consuming an outrageous amount of calories.  I know that some of us are salad lovers, but it can be difficult to find the time or energy to put forth into our salad making.Here are some tips that have helped me to eat more salad:

  1. Wash your romaine, spinach, kale for the week.  Keep it in the fridge, wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel (helps to keep it fresh).  The artisan lettuce we sell is packaged in a wonderful container; perfect for storing your lettuce after you have washed and chopped it.
  2. Prep your salads for the next few days.  If you’re making a salad for dinner, make one for the next day as well.  You will want to put the dressing and certain toppings on right before you eat, but for the most part you can prep your salad days before.   
  3. Always have fresh, clean to go containers with dressing cups, so you can take your salads on the go.
  4. Find a good place to stop on the way home from work that has fresh, healthy salads. It is always good to have a place in mind; in case you are exhausted from a busy day or in a rush.  
  5. One for the parents! Have your kids make the salad for dinner!  It will be one less thing you have to do and it will teach your kids to be healthier eaters.  
TWM Artisan Lettuce

TWM Artisan Lettuce

I hope my tips and information helped you to become more enthused about salad and curious of our products at The Wharf Marketplace.  If you just need a head of romaine and some fresh produce for dinner, we are the perfect stop. The Wharf Marketplace is looking forward to seeing you soon!