Farmers market, currently in season PSA


#41

Marina del Rey, next to Chase Park., Saturday 9-2.


#42

Green (fresh) garbanzo beans; flowering dill; and pistachios.


Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, downtown.


#43

Green garbanzos! Gjelina does a great version when they’re in season, but I’ve never seen them in their natural state.


#44

Hi @Bookwich,

Wow, nice! I haven’t seen fresh garbanzo beans like that either. Thanks. :slight_smile: Do you remember the farmer / stand you bought it at?

Thanks!


#45

I don’t, it was towards the end and the farmer was really nice, but we didn’t have time to chat much.


#46

A lot of middle eastern/indian markets will carry fresh green garbanzos when available. I just saw them at the Simi Valley Valley Produce a couple weeks ago. They are still in the pods, but not on the stems.


#47

Best beef stock bones I’ve ever found. $5/lb, and worth every penny. My dog is so happy.

Rancho San Julian, Santa Barbara FM

Edit to add: First I make a stock, and a secondary stock. Then the dog gets the bones.


#48

not a farmers market, but:

the NORTHGATE chain of latino supermarkets has carried fresh garbanzos since last spring.

(the one near me sometimes runs out on sunday evenings, though)


#49

Picked up some lovely purple Brussels sprouts last week at the SM Farmer’s Market. Don’t think they’re in season now though.


#50

Ameracuana chicken eggs from Lily’s Farm at Playa Vista farmers’ market.

I highly recommend these; the hens are a Chilean breed. The yolks are very rich. Once I got a rotten egg and I didn’t care one whit, because these are the best eggs I’ve found.


#51

White sapote, taste like cherimoya crossed with ripe pear. Grab a lb!!


#52

You’re doing summer right!


#53

San Diego Little Italy Saturday Market


#54

If you come across this vendor, stop!


We found Carlos Gonzalez and his fantastic tomatoes last September at a little start-up farmers market in DTLA. When I say start-up I mean the first weekend he was the only produce guy. But one guy is all you need if it’s the right guy.

Carlos is a seed man. He loves talking seeds, buying seeds, selling seeds, trading seeds with other seed men and even hordes seeds he can’t bare to part with - like a rare wine you can’t bare to open.

“The uglier the better” Brandywine / Cherokee Purple / Pineapple Express. Speaking of fine wine, each tomato has a different note - sweet & acidic, tropical, earth & mineral.


…So, I do like tomatoes. Let me rephrase, Carlos’ heirloom tomatoes! The sadness of my food life is that I don’t love tomatoes unless they’re cooked or the occasional sweet baby or cherry tomato. I love things derived from the tomato - sauce, ketchup, bloody marys :relaxed:. I want to like tomatoes so bad that I order them on sandwiches, then take them off so just the essence remains. Okay, but these? I kept sneaking into the kitchen at night for one more slice, like they were cookies. I thought this was the beginning of a whole new tomato loving Me. So I tried the heirlooms at Whole Foods… Nah, Just Carlos’.

Mostly we ate them with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of finishing salt, but they begged us to put them in a BLT… We complied.

One with Red Kale & One with Curly, both w/Applegate Farm’s Uncured Sunday Bacon and lotsa’ Veganaise.

…Onto the other Veggies.

Zapallito from Argentinian seeds. IIRC It is like Zucchini, spongy, but denser, making it easier to get a crispy sear on the outside without becoming watery.

Green Bell Peppers, Black Kale, Curly Kale, Dandelion Greens, Summer Squash (zapallito).

He gave me the Carrot Leaves. I like to use them in place of parsley for full carrot-y-ness.

I think this is one of the organizers, and a fan. Carlos wanted me to snap him eating that huge tomato, so…


Sorry, I don’t have specifics on locales yet - waiting for a response to message. We were on a reporting hiatus during this period, but took loads of pics @Chowseeker1999. TBC…


#55

Great photos and great report!


#56

Hi @TheCookie,

Thanks for the great report and pics. :slight_smile: Once you try ripe, in-season, heirloom tomatoes your whole perspective changes, right? :wink: It did for us as well! They taste nothing like the supermarket tomatoes that are usually bland or tart, lacking any sweetness or fragrance.

That BLT looks so good! :heart:

I’ll have to keep an eye out for this vendor, but is Carlos only at Downtown LA Farmers Market?


#57

These pics make me want to weep :slight_smile: Does SoCal have a second season? We “up north” don’t and I’m already dreading the end of the season. Tonight’s dinner was a BBQ chicken breast, yellow crookneck squash and Vidalia onion. So very, very good.

Thanks a gazillion for sharing this. xoc


#58

Cookie … I am floored!


#59

Oops, I forgot about the peach…which I brushed with a little Kinder BBQ sauce. More MMMMM.


#60

WOWZA! Great report @TheCookie!