Linda Mark, the Farmers Market Fairy, is every L.A. market's resident produce gossip. Her celebrities are generally the sessile sort -- piles of citrus or stone fruits depending on the season or farmers trapped behind scales and tables helping customers. Her enthusiasm for both is infectious and re ... More >>
Tickets are on sale for Outstanding in the Field's 2013 Tour. As is usually the case, the dates include a preponderance of stops at West Coast farms. In case you don't know much about this travelin' pop-up party, let us illuminate the vibe.
A 60-year-old bus zips around to farms all over the coun ... More >>
It's sometimes called a tree melon, but it grows on a three foot tall shrub. It smells like honeydew, but tastes like a sweet cucumber. It's a tasty Andean native, both refreshing and pleasantly sweet, but it has never found a large (or very appreciative) audience here in California. A shame as it ... More >>
DENVER -- On Saturday morning, Oct. 13, thousands of brewers, media and festival volunteers watched as Long Beach-based Beachwood BBQ and Brewing accepted two medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Winning gold and bronze for L.A. County, they were in good company with California brewers, ... More >>
DENVER -- Eight Los Angeles Co. brewers have entered the Great American Beer Festival competition this year. Doubling from last year's professional brewer entries, Beachwood, Eagle Rock, Ladyface and Rock Bottom have re-entered, joined by newcomers San Pedro, Golden Road, Haven and LAB Brewing.
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Two crates of Pinot Blanc grapes have arrived at Margerum Wine Company on Industrial Way in Buellton. Owner Doug Margerum and winemaker Jason Barrette are excited about the delivery; the lull between the white and red grape harvests has made it quieter than usual. A group of wine enthusiasts has tra ... More >>
It feels a little early to be sorting through some of the subtropical lovelies from Rancho Santa Cecilia (Carpinteria). Along with their multiple varieties of avocados, guavas, and sapote, we've been enjoying a parade of cherimoya varieties. We usually associate March with a mouthful of the banana ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaThe Hollywood market earlier this year.After reading Beth Barrett's piece about farmers markets this week, it might be tempting to hang up the locavore hat and head out for an angsty and cathartic mouthful at the local McDonald's. We're envisioning an army of market goers as ... More >>
JgarbeePre-Roast Pet Rabbit GuiltThe Jimenez Family Farm motto, "everything under the sun," is more than apt for this Santa Ynez-based family business that offers up an assortment of produce (check out the gorgeous blueberries and boysenberries this time of year), salsas and preserves, and ho ... More >>
Courtesy of The Cheese Store of Beverly HillsNot content to sit atop a throne of taleggio as one of Los Angeles' most acclaimed cheese purveyors, Norbert Wabnig has fashioned himself into the artisanal food world's equivalent of (pre-stroke) Dick Clark, bestowing a set of annual awards to art ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaReed avocados from Rancho Santa Cecilia at the Hollywood market
On a trip to Los Angeles earlier this year, before all the Red O brouhaha and even before Red O itself, Rick Bayless tweeted his amazement at seeing so many different avocado varieties available at the farmers ma ... More >>
Outstanding in the Field
Seats at chef-artist Jim Denevan's wildly popular communal table concept, the idiosyncratic, touring farmer-foodie collaboration known as Outstanding in the Field, have been selling out all over the country months in advance and despite their steep, if cost-appropriat ... More >>