Best Stone Fruit - 2012
When the high heat of summer beats down on the rooftops and dogs sprawl out on the front porch with lolling tongues, few things can match up with the pleasure of a soft, ripe peach. Luckily for us, Tenerelli Orchards — which specializes in peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries and plums — rebounded to full strength after a poor harvest in 2011, caused by a late spring frost. Marketgoers in the know await Tenerelli's bounty every summer the same way most children await Christmas presents. A single bite of the orchard's velvety, flame-tinted peaches and you'll understand why: The juice is perfectly sweet, with the slightest trace of lip-smacking tang from the fruit's acidity. Get them while you can, by the crateful. Saturday Pasadena farmers market, Victory Park, Sierra Madre Boulevard at Paloma Street, Pasadena; Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market, Arizona Avenue between Fourth and Ocean, Santa Monica; and other markets. (661) 944-3913.