Farmers' Market Report: Weiser Family Farms

Los Angeles

Blue potatoes, red carrots, purple cauliflower – the rainbow of offerings at Weiser Family Farms is so vibrant right now that we couldn't limit this week's market report to just one fruit or vegetable. Weiser also has an extra special treat this month that Angelenos should keep an eye out for. And even if you don't shop at the Hollywood Farmers' Market, read on for recipes that cover the spectrum of seasonal produce.
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Tehachapi's Weiser Family Farms is one of the stars of the Hollywood Farmers' Market and other Southern California markets. Renowned for their premium organic potatoes and carrots, Alex Weiser's produce isn't just Technicolor beautiful, but always wonderfully flavorful, tender, and sweet. We've been known to proclaim that we'd never truly tasted potatoes until we discovered these ones. The rest of the farm's offerings are just as superb.

Here's what's in season at Weiser right now, along with recipe suggestions. Among the fall and winter staples like turnips and parsnips are super-sweet red flame raisins on the vine. They are not to be missed and should be available for at least another week.

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Potatoes

Recipes:
Confetti Potatoes and Pearl Onions
Pommes Anna
Rosemary Roast Potatoes
Top Five Things To Do With Potatoes

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Jerusalem artichokes

Recipes:
Seasonal Spotlight: Jerusalem Artichokes, a.k.a. Sunchokes

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Purple and orange cauliflower

Recipes:
Creamy Braised Cauliflower with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Farfalle with Cauliflower and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Indian-Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

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Carrots

Recipes:
Seasonal Recipe Spotlight: Carrots
Indian Spiced Carrot Soup with Ginger
Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

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Parsnips

Recipes:
Parsnip, Mushroom and Leek Gratin
Puréed Parsnips

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Turnips

Recipes:
Seasonal Cooking: Interesting Things To Do with Turnips

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Raisins

Recipes:
Rainbow Chard Salad with Raisins and Walnuts

(Images: Gregory Han and Emily Ho)

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