Fresh goat meat

The Jimenez Family Farm, located in the Santa Ynez Valley, has a new addition to the farmers market: fresh goat meat. This hormone- and antibiotic-free meat is a great grab, perfect for grilling, slow roasting or braising. Goat is an extremely healthy protein choice, possessing fewer calories, fat and cholesterol than chicken, beef, pork and lamb. It also contains an impressive 23 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving. Give the Fix of the Week, Savory Goat, on page D6, a try. Available at the Saturday Santa Barbara farmers market. About $10 per pound.

Dragon fruit

This exceptionally beautiful fruit is now in full swing from Jay Ruskey's Calimoya Farm in Goleta. Slice through vibrant skin to reveal white fruit packed with tiny edible seeds. Simply scoop it out with a spoon and it's ready to go. It is often best when slightly chilled in the refrigerator before serving. Dragon fruit is loaded with vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium and fiber. Available at the Tuesday Santa Barbara and Saturday Santa Barbara markets for about three or four more weeks. About $6 per pound.

Salt-cured lemons

Brought to us from Hill Top Farm in Carpinteria, this new addition to the farmers market packs quite a punch. On their own, the salty lemons can be quite overwhelming, but when used in moderation, they go a long way to flavor pastas, salads, relishes, chicken and, my favorite, fish. Produced from certified organic lemons. Available at the Tuesday Santa Barbara, Friday Montecito and Saturday Santa Barbara markets. Price is $6 per 8-ounce jar.

Sam Edelman, general manager, Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association; photos by Robby Barthelmess, NewsPress