What's Tasty at Sigona's Farmers Market

July 24, 2012

Sprouted Gourmet Almonds on Sale at Sigona’s

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week

Sprouted Gourmet Almonds: A Live and Very Healthy Food

On special right now through August 7th

Six months ago I introduced sprouted raw gourmet almonds, a hard-to-find raw food item with many health benefits. I’m re-introducing this wonderful item at a very special price.

California Raw Sprouted Gourmet Almonds: 5 oz. container for only $2.99 (regular $4.99)

A live, healthy and unique product from Central California, our sprouted gourmet almonds are absolutely incredible and hard to find anywhere but at Sigona’s Farmers Market.

I’m pleased as punch to offer them to you because they are truly so good for you. You’ll find them in our dried fruits and nuts section in 5oz. containers.

Believe it or not, these are actually healthier, better tasting and easier to chew and digest than our regular raw almonds. The sprouted unique formula is the key for this special almond, which originated from the farming family who grows these almonds, in Central California.

This healthy, original live sprouted food has exceptional nutritional value locked inside each kernel because sprouting enlivens the enzymes that are dormant within. Contact with water “awakens” the nut so sprouted almonds contain concentrated vital energy and nutrition. Sprouting neutralizes enzyme inhibitors present in the nut, allowing quicker and more complete digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

**Nutritional information:

  • Sprouted almonds contain resveratrol—an anti-aging factor—1.4 mg per 24 nuts—that’s the equivalent of 3 glasses of red wine
  • Sprouted almonds contain beta sitosterol, campesterol and stanols—cholesterol-lowering factors
  • Sprouted almonds contain stigma sterol—anti-muscle stiffness factor

Compared to “regular” raw almonds, sprouted are superior.

John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

Per 10 oz. serving**

  • Calories from fat———-Raw…113———–Sprouted….99————(-13%)
  • Total fat——————–Raw…12.8 g——–Sprouted…11.25 g—–(-12%)
  • Saturated fat—————Raw…0. 88g——-Sprouted….0.74 g——(-16%)
  • Riboflavin B2————–Raw…31g————Sprouted…0.35 g——(+ 13%)
  • Niacin B3——————-Raw….0.95%——–Sprouted…0.99g——-(+ 4%)
  • Soluble Fiber—————Raw…..7.4%———-Sprouted…10.3%——(+39%)
  • Campesterol—————-Raw….1.2 mg———Sprouted…1.4 mg—-(+17%)
  • Beta Sitosterol————-Raw…..28.6 mg——-Sprouted…36.0 mg—(+26%)
  • Stanols———————-Raw…..9.5 mg———Sprouted…10.5 mg—(+11%)
  • Stigmasterol—————-Raw…..1.3 mg———Sprouted…1.7 mg—–(+31%)

Our sprouted live raw almonds are delicious to eat out of hand or in fruit and vegetable salads. They’re also great in granola and trail mixes.

**All nutritional information gathered directly from the source


July 11, 2012

Best Dried Apricots in the World on Sale at Sigona’s

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week

Locally Grown Dried Apricots

On special right now through July 24th:

6.5 oz. Large Size Blenheim Apricots: $2.99 (Reg. $3.99)
10 oz. Large Size Blenheim Apricots: $4.99 (Reg. $5.99)
19 oz. Large Size Blenheim Apricots: $7.99 (Reg. $9.79)
Bulk Extra Large Size Blenheim Apricots: $9.99 lb. (Reg. $13.99 lb.)

These are the very best dried apricots in the entire world!

No kidding!

We really do have the very best locally grown dried apricots you’ll find anywhere. They’re fantastic because they are:

  • An heirloom Blenheim variety
    • The Blenheim heirlooms have the best flavor of any other variety: a perfect sweet/tart balance featuring smooth, delicate excellence.
    • Blenheims are grown specifically for drying
  • From the local Santa Clara and San Benito Counties
    • Ideal weather—warm late spring/summer days, cool evenings
    • Cool days and evenings in the off season—good for hibernating
    • Soil is excellent for nourishment and healthiest growth possible
    • These two counties are unsurpassed for ideal conditions for growing Blenheim apricots. They’re better than anywhere else in our state, country or in the world!
John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

Besides the great taste, just 2 oz. of our Blenheim dried apricots provide nutritional and health benefits; a few examples based on a 2,000 per day calorie intake includes:

  • 58% Vitamin A
  • 20% Iron
  • 16% Fiber
  • 4% Iron
  • 4% Calcium
  • Help with constipation
  • Help ease digestion

Our Blenheim apricots are a tasty treat eaten out of hand, but they can be used in cooking in many interesting ways. (Check out our recipes for additional tasty ideas.)

  • With wild rice and chicken
  • In an elegant sweet potato dish
  • In couscous (with chopped onions and spices)
  • In a Chinese salad
  • Chicken or turkey salad
  • Apricot pie or tart
  • And much more!

June 27, 2012

Raw California Whole, Jumbo Pistachio Meats on Sale at Sigona’s

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week

California Whole Raw (Jumbo Size)

Pistachio Meats

Regularly $6.99 

On special right now for $3.99 (6 oz. container)

Raw pistachio meatsOur raw pistachios are coming from a family owned and operated farm in Terra Bella, California. These pistachios are of the finest quality in the world. They’re jumbo sized and picked at full maturity to assure excellent flavor.

Raw pistachios are full of extraordinary nutritional benefits. Here are some of the reasons why they are so good for you:

A (1) oz. serving of raw pistachios provides 10% of the daily value for:

  • Dietary fiber
  • Vitamin B6
  • Thiamin
  • Phosphorus
  • Copper

Raw pistachios are rich in:

John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

  • Phytosterols, which directly aid in lowering cholesterol levels
  • Monounsaturated (healthy) fats
  • High quality plant source of protein, providing essential and non-essential amino acids

Try raw pistachios in:

June 13, 2012

Medjool Dates on Sale at Sigona’s

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week


Best Price Ever!

California grown, jumbo

Medjool Dates

A 15 lb. box for just $3.27 per pound – that’s only $49.00 – an unheard of, excellent sale price for these dates.

Sale ends June 25th so load up now!

Medjools store excellently in the refrigerator (up to 3 months) or in the freezer for up to 8 months.

Try eating them directly out of the freezer – excellent!

Some Nutritional Facts

  • High fiber: six grams per three oz. serving
  • Good source of potassium, iron and copper
  • Excellent source of magnesium (10% per three oz. serving)
  • Medjool dates consist of 2% protein


  • Room temperature—good for at least (2) weeks
  • Refrigeration—good for 2-3 months
  • Freeze—good for 6-8 months
John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

Eat ‘em up! Medjools are an excellent, healthy alternative to sugar or honey when diced and mixed with:

  • Oatmeal
  • Cereals
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Trail mixes
  • Fresh fruit Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese

Stuff Medjools with cheese and enjoy! It’s easy: simply slice lengthwise, remove the pit and add in a slice of:

  • Soft goat cheese (my # 1 favorite!!)
  • Cream Cheese
  • Monterey Jack
  • Sharp cheddar
  • Blue cheese
  • Or dice any of the following and mix with cheese before stuffing:
    • Spicy jalapeno peppers or any hot pepper of you choice
    • Granny Smith apples
    • Any favorite raw nut—like almonds, walnuts or pecans

May 30, 2012

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Flavored Marchini Almonds

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Flavored Marchini Almonds


Cipollini Onion Marchini Almonds

Zesty Tomato Marchini Almonds

Reg. $3.99, 8 oz.

On sale for $1.99

It’s a good idea to load up and GET ‘EM WHILE WE’VE GOT ‘EM, especially at this great price because once they’re gone they’ll be gone forever!*

These fabulous almonds will remain on SUPER SPECIAL until the very last container is sold.

They store very well under refrigeration for at least six months, as long as you keep them sealed and dry.

These suburb almonds are truly an original California almond. They were developed by Joe Marchini in Central California. These two flavors, the cipollini onion and zesty tomato, have all of the benefits and nutrients we’ve all come to enjoy from fresh almonds along with their wonderful unique flavor.

John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

*We will continue to carry roasted-salted Marchini Almonds long after the cipollini zesty tomato flavors are gone.

May 16, 2012

Dried Calimyrna Figs Packed with Antioxidants

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Dried Calimyrna Figs

Central California 

Jumbo Dried Calimyrna Figs 

Reg. $5.99 (10.5 oz. container)

On sale for $3.99

Simply the very best…luscious, rare, jumbo-sized Calimyrna figs…you’d be hard pressed to find these incredible California whole dried figs anywhere but at Sigona’s Farmers Market.

Many of you have asked that I put our jumbo-sized Calimyrna dried figs on sale again. Lucky for you I’ve secured another great buy — so, once again, here is your requested special price!

Dried California Calimyrna figs are of superb quality. They’re big and plump, versatile, healthy and absolutely delicious. They are a delicious, nutritious treat to be enjoyed in numerous ways:

  • Easy to stuff with your favorite cheese: try a few with Gorgonzola and walnuts or pair with any type of goat cheese and serve alongside walnuts/pecans
  • Wrap them with prosciutto and serve with blue cheese
  • Blend up a fig-banana smoothie
  • Chop them up for a fig-nut sandwich
  • Add diced figs to a goat cheese pizza
  • Bake up a cambozola and fig pizza on focaccia bread
  • Snack on them out of hand
  • Add chopped figs to cereals or other fresh fruit smoothies

    John outside with produce

    John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

Also, check out the following nutritional info is from the California Fig Advisory Board:

  • Fresh and dried figs contain disease-fighting antioxidants
  • Fresh and dried figs contain good amounts of calcium
  • Fresh and dried figs contain good amounts of potassium
  • Fresh and dried figs contain good amounts of iron
  • And—lots of dietary fiber

May 2, 2012

Tea Steeped with Sigona’s Dried Fruits

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week

My wife Agueda and I enjoy a nice cup of tea now and again, but last night I mixed things up for a surprisingly unique treat.

I tried experimenting with a mix of my favorite bulk tea and Sigona’s diced, dried fruits.

I mixed a number of Sigona’s unique dried fruits in with the tea leaves and let them steep together before straining. To our delight, this mild and healthy blend was quite delicious and satisfying.

The recipe is easy-breezy. You can use some or all of my dried fruit suggestions, depending upon your desired degree for complexity of flavors. Here, basically is how I created a wonderful after dinner brewed tea.

  • As many tea leaves, or single sachets, for as many cups you’re preparing (I suggest red, white or green tea)
  • About 2 TBL per person of a mix or combo of the following, diced, all natural, nothing added, no sulfur…
    • Dried Fuji Apples
    • Dried Granny Smith Apples
    • Organic Goji Berries
    • Dried White Nectarines
    • Dried Yellow Peaches
    • Dried Bartlett Pears
    • Dried Hachiya Persimmons
    • Dried Navel Oranges
    • Dried Lemons
    • Dried Pineapple
John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

Simply dice the dried fruits and mix with the dried tea leaves. Pour hot water (no hotter than 200 degrees) over the blend and let sit for 3-4 minutes (I added one-fourth teaspoon coconut sugar for myself; my wife was fine without the sugar). Strain the mixture into tea cups, sip and enjoy.

If you like it, mix larger quantities of the ingredients together in a canister that seals well and store it in the cupboard. It should retain its freshness for at least 5-6 months.

By the way, the listed dried fruits, except the goji berries and pineapple, are grown, dried and processed in Central California by my longtime friends’ family-owned and operated ranch.


April 18, 2012

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Crystallized Ginger

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Crystallized Ginger


Crystallized Ginger

Reg. $7.99, 9 oz.

On sale for $5.99

Our crystallized ginger is an excellent, absolutely superb, hard-to-find item with lots of health benefits.

It is harvested in Australia while very young so that it is soft, tender and meaty – it’s not stringy at all! This makes it recognized as the finest in the world as it’s masterfully dried to perfection.

Our crystallized ginger has a terrific balance of sweetness with a delightful, spicy kick, just as any good ginger does!

Besides snacking, use this for any recipe calling for ginger. For a tempting treat try dipping in melted dark chocolate.

As with fresh ginger, dried ginger has many medicinal properties:

  • Can help alleviate various causes of nausea
  • Can help aid the digestive process
  • Can help alleviate other stomach issues
  • Can help alleviate colds
  • Can help ease sea sickness, morning sickness or car sickness
  • Can help with menopausal issues
  • Can help ease headaches

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

April 4, 2012

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Marchini Almonds

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Marchini Almonds

Marchini Almonds — A California Original

Roasted, Salted

6 oz. container — Reg. $3.49 — On sale for $2.49

Farmer Joe Marchini from California’s Central Valley originated and grows these almonds like no other. He originally produced this unique almond just a few years ago. He simply calls them Marchini Almonds.

And they are delicious and nutritious.

This unique specialty is similar to the very expensive Marcona Almond from Spain but costs much less.

We have Roasted Salted Marchini Almonds on special, so come in, check them out and load up!

Here are a few stats on these beauties:

  • From Central California
  • Similar flavor and texture to Marcona Almonds (from Spain)
  • Less than half the price of Marcona Almonds
  • All nutrients similar to raw almonds
  • They’re blanched and lightly salted
  • They have an excellent, unique flavor

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona’s Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

March 28, 2012

Sigona’s Dried Fruit and Nuts March 28 – April 3,2012

Sigona’s Dried Fruit and Nuts March 28 – April 3,2012

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