Though the skies have been rather cloudy in LA these past couple of days, the scene at the Silver Lake farmers' market was bright and lively. There's still quite a bit of citrus, but between the crates of grapefruits and tangerines, other shapes and colors have emerged: slender green spears of asparagus, bunches upon bunches of yellow-flowered Chinese broccoli, and delicate pea tendrils...
These late winter/early spring vegetables have infused us with new culinary enthusiasm. We're looking forward to dishes like asparagus tarts, artichokes with lemon, and gently sautéed leafy greens. Nothing too complicated, just fresh, green flavors.
• For more information on the Silver Lake farmers' market and other Los Angeles area markets, visit Farmernet.com
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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