It’s a different experience visiting a farmers’ markets in Los Angeles. When you live in Ontario, it’s more like walking through a grocery store, yet with 2 very distinct differences. First, the vegetables are not old and jet lagged and second there’s no 18-year old kid who could care less about the produce he’s stocking on the shelves. So why is it like walking through a grocery store – because they have everything you could want!
They have all the traditional vegetables like tomatoes and strawberries that look absolutely amazing, but then there are the exotic foods like beautiful artichokes twice the size of baseballs. Strips of cardoons lay next to cardoons with full leaves. There are lemons the size of grapefruit and grapefruit the size of melons. Their blueberries are in season along with multi-coloured, baby petti pans, zucchini blossoms, and baby fennel each with a full head of fragrant fronds.
The Los Angeles Farmers’ Market has morphed into a culinary destination with a full 2-story, outdoor shopping mall called The Grove and an older section filled with dozens of artisan food purveyors offering up roasted chicken, racks of spicy ribs in between the butchers counters full of succulent cuts of beef supersmoker electronic cigarettes reviews and chicken. Sandwiches from fresh bakery bread and soup from market vegetables. Here you can get fresh seafood or order shrimp to go. They simply boil it up on the spot and put it in a paper cone for you to eat and go.
In the third section of the complex is where the farmers are selling their produce and wow, do they know how to display it. Large mounds of beets and giant radishes, stacks and stacks of strawberries and giant bins of olives.
It’s strawberry season in California and I guess you all know that because you can see them filling the shelves of our Ontario grocery stores. The only thing is the California strawberries I’m seeing at the California market are different than the California strawberries we see in Ontario. These medium sized berries are dark, soft, juicy and ultra sweet. They pick them differently here, they leave long stems on the berries and package them in little boxes and they just look so sexy. The prices are the same as we pay here in Ontario, $4.99 a quart which is a healthy price for both farmers and customer.