Monthly Recipes

Each month Elizabeth Hayden, Corona local, and Farmers' Market Expert will feature ABC Hopes produce items and delicious recipes. Try out her recipes and let us know about your experience at your local Farmers' Market. 


Seasonal Recipes


We are accomplishing our mission by training our participants to manage and operate a produce stand at two of our local farmers’ markets; selling produce they have grown or harvested from the local community. At the markets our Hopers practice many skills, such as: money management and social interaction. Come visit us, see our locations below. 


Corona Main Street Farmers Market

Located at the Corona Mall, Northwest corner of Main St. and Sixth St.
Saturdays, Hrs: 8:30am - 12:30pm


Downtown Anaheim:

201 Center St. Promenade, Anaheim CA 92805
Thursdays, Hrs: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

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For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

  • 1/2 cup cold butter

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 3 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar for the topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9x9 baking pan on the bottom and the sides.

  • Combine the flour and sugar in a small bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until you have coarse crumbs.

  • Pat the shortbread mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 15-18 minutes.

  • While the crust is baking, combine the egg, sugar, juice, flour, baking powder and lemon zest in a bowl. Beat until smooth.

  • Pour the mixture over the warm crust.

  • Bake for 25 minutes.

  • Cool the bars and then sprinkle them with sifted powdered sugar.

  • Cut into 12 squares and store the bars in an airtight container.

Avocado Pasta

Easy Avocado Pasta 

  • 12 ounces spaghetti

  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and peeled

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 cup canned corn kernels, drained and rinsed (or leftover fresh corn)


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.

  2. To make the avocado sauce, combine avocados, basil, garlic and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, avocado sauce, cherry tomatoes and corn.

  4. Serve immediately.

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Citrus Salad

1 navel orange
1 ruby red grapefruit
1 lemon
1 lime
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon green-olive tapenade
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Using a sharp knife, peel the orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime, removing all of the white pith. Working over a strainer set over a bowl, cut in between the membranes and release the citrus sections into the strainer. Squeeze the membranes over the bowl to extract as much of the juice as possible. Whisk the olive oil and tapenade into the juice. Cut the citrus sections into 1/2-inch pieces and add them to the dressing, along with the red onion and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Make Ahead
The salsa can be refrigerated overnight.
Excellent on grilled fish, pork roast/chop or spring greens


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