One of the things we love about shopping at our local farmers' market every week is the sense of community; we've gotten to know our vendors and are familiar with their products throughout the seasons. (We are also spoiled by living near the Hollywood market, which is one of the largest in town.) However, with nearly 90 Certified Farmers' Markets in LA County, we like to make the effort to explore other markets from time to time, learning about different foods and neighborhoods. We recently visited the Alhambra Farmers' Market, which is notable for its large selection of Asian produce.
Last week, we reported on the abundance of stone fruit at the Hollywood Farmers' Market. One of the most prized stone fruits available in LA and other California farmers' markets is the Blenheim apricot. Although they are considered by many to be the most delicious of the apricots, Blenheims are rarely seen in stores or shipped out of state.
It's unmistakable — stone fruit season is in full swing at the Hollywood Farmers' Market! Different varieties of peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and cherries started to appear several weeks ago, but now they are really reaching prime sweetness and flavor.
The Hollywood Farmers' Market is bustling even more than usual these days, as shoppers take advantage of the early summer sunshine and produce. Tucked between stands overflowing with stone fruits and strawberries are other, more delicate and fleeting specialties: garlic scapes and blossoms.
While perusing one of our favorite stands at the Hollywood Farmers' Market last weekend, we glanced at their collection of customer-submitted recipes for new ideas. A recipe for sunflower date cookies caught our attention; we scribbled down the ingredients, found all but one within the market, and made them as soon as we got home. Chilled rather than baked, they are easy and perfect for warm days when we'd like something sweet but don't want to use the oven.
When in LA, apparently you gotta have wheels. The above quilt of market trollies and other modes of transport for farmers' market finds was shot two days ago at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market in Santa Monica, CA. Can you guess which one is ours?
Greetings from Los Angeles! Yesterday we went to the Santa Monica Farmers' Market to shop for dinner and walked the aisles fighting off a nasty case of Santa Monica envy. Along the way, we came across a handsome young farmer selling this stuff.
Evan Kleiman is a favorite Los Angeles food journalist. We tune in to KCRW every Saturday at 11 a.m. to hear the weekly farmers' market report, and learn all kinds of enlightening tidbits like how to make vegan twinkies, the scoop on handmade salami, great wine tips and interviews with experts like David Karp the fruit detective and Southern Foodways Alliance John T. Edge.