What’s in season @ the Larchmont Farmers Market…

One of the things I love about living in Los Angeles is how we have farmers markets all-year-round. In my neighborhood, I usually walk or ride my bike to the Larchmont farmers market on Sundays. This gives me a chance to load up on fresh fruits I can take to work and some fresh veggies for Sunday dinner.

Compared to the other farmers markets in Los Angeles, this one is small but that’s why I like it. You see the same vendors each week and they know their products which makes me feel confident when I buy from them. Plus, you get to know your community.

From the photo below, you can see that it’s the season for peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Yum!

For veggies, squash is in season. I know radish is usually a spring vegetable but I loved the colors in this summer squash/radish display at one of the vegetable stalls.

But it’s more than just fruits and vegetables in this intimate farmers market. There’s the guy selling Himalayan sea salt, the woman at the balsamic vinegar stand, the cheese truck, and of course the boulangerie. And when you head back into the corner of the farmers market, you see the prepared food stalls. I just spotted this tea and scones stall for the first time. Loved the freshly brewed “Fiona” tea infused with strawberries.

I picked up some tasty olives, baba ghanoush, and feta cheese at the Mediterranean food stall too. It was super fresh and I ended up bringing the items to a picnic that evening. Unfortunately, there weren’t any leftovers.

Oh! I can’t end this entry without showing you the lunch I had from the farmers market – chicken tamales! There wasn’t a place to sit and eat so I decided to get the tamales to-go. You can see it steaming as it was being packed up. When I got home, I immediately opened the box and the tamales were still hot thanks to the corn husks that it was wrapped in. I poured the green chile sauce all over the tamale and gorged.

If you want to find out what’s in season, Epicurious has a great map where you find out what’s in season month-to-month wherever in the US you are. Just click the month at the top and then select your state to see what’s in season in your area.

Lastly, here’s an awesome LA Times interactive map where you can find your neighborhood farmers market with days and hours they operate in Los Angeles.

Bay area eats!

I’m sure you guessed with my last entry that I was out of town.

The past week I was at a multi-media workshop at Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center. Our sessions were super intense – we were working from 9am to about 9pm. I learned a lot and can’t wait to put into action all the skills I learned. Don’t worry, it wasn’t all work and no play. Towards the end of my trip I had a chance to explore.

First up, my friend took me to his favorite taco truck in Oakland. He thinks it’s the one that Anthony Bourdain might have gone to during his Bay area episode. I’m not sure if this was the one but I can definitely tell you it was really good.

The tacos were slightly smaller than the Los Angeles tacos but it was really flavorful. My friend talked me into getting the al pastor, pollo, asada, and carnitas… yes, FOUR tacos. And yes, they were all very good. Afterwards, we went to Cafe Van Kleef to meet some friends for drinks and I had the tastiest greyhound. I am not a fan of grapfruit and this place made me craving more. Well done.

On my last day, I went to the Berkeley Farmers Market. It’s not as big as the farmers’ market in San Francisco but it has a lot of character and I discovered some awesome bakeries.

One of the reasons I love this time of year is because of all the fruits in seasons… strawberries, cherries, apricots… My senses were going on overdrive just walking around and smelling all the sweet fruits tasting all the flavors.

Walking around, I got a little hungry and found this bakery booth. The first thing that caught my eyes was this shortbread sandwich. The baker said the cookie cutout is an antique she found.

What I ended up getting was this salted praline brownie. I felt a bit guilty eating it because it was basically my breakfast that day. There was a nice salty/sweet aftertaste after the first sugur rush bite.

I washed that brownie down with this homemade yogurt with blueberries. It was super creamy so I don’t think it was too healthy but it was worth it. The best part is that the yogurt stand charged a fee for their reusable containers.

I can’t wait to hit up the LA farmer’s market for some tasty treats. Perhaps I’ll make another tart!