2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center’s farmers market. I still remember the day the market opened, with the trees lining Howe Street in full blossom and the crowds gathering. My father, Dr. Preston Maring, started this market with the goal of bringing “produce to the people” — the wonderful patients and employees of the Oakland Medical Center and the members of the surrounding community. He then helped the idea spread around the country to countless other Kaiser Permanente facilities and beyond. The Oakland Medical Center’s farmers market kicks off each Spring. Organic produce is in full effect, including a spring favorite, asparagus. The freshest asparagus are a vibrant green and have tips that are compact and firm.