Farmers' Market Report: Echo Park

Farmers' Market Report: Echo Park

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Emily Han
May 4, 2009
As die-hard Hollywood farmers' market shoppers, we sometimes forget that there are nearly 100 other farmers' markets in LA County. While few of them match the spectacular size and selection of the Hollywood market, they serve as essential sources of fresh, local produce for LA's varied communities. Last Friday afternoon, we paid our first visit to the Echo Park farmers' market and filled our bags with glowing cherries, strawberries, asparagus, and arugula blossoms. With Sweredoski Farms as its cornerstone, the market is small but the vendors are high quality and notably friendly. (It's also refreshingly low-key for those who find the bigger markets overwhelming.) Click through for photos and recipes of our favorite seasonal finds...
Cherries
Recipes: • Seasonal Recipe Spotlight: CherriesRecipe: Cherry Custard TartCherry Desserts from Bon Appétit
Dried persimmons
Recipe: • Recipe: Sujeonggwa (Korean Persimmon Punch)
Asparagus
Recipes: • 10 Fresh Asparagus Recipes for Spring
Strawberries
Recipes: • Recipe: Strawberry Basil LemonadeRecipe: Strawberry-Yogurt PopsiclesRecipe Roundup: Strawberry Shortcakes Are EverywhereSeasonal Note: Try Fresh Strawberries in Frozen Margaritas
Fava beans
Recipes: • Fava Beans 101Ricotta Pasta with Fava Beans and BaconGrilled Rainbow Chard With Fava Beans And OreganoCreamed Fava Beans
Arugula blossoms
Stay tuned for an arugula blossom spotlight later this week! • For more information on the Echo Park farmers' market and other Los Angeles area markets, visit Farmernet.com Related: Farmers' Market Report: Spring in Hollywood (Images: Emily Ho)
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