Acclaimed American poet William Jay Smith has so far painted the most accurate picture of the morel mushroom, in a short excerpt from his 1969 nature poems series. "Not ringed but rare, not gilled but polyp-like, having sprung up overnight -- these mushrooms of the gods, resembling human organs upro ... More >>
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Monday, May 6
The California Feetwarmers
JOE'S GREAT AMERICAN BAR & GRILL
The California Feetwarmers are an astonishingly fine, old-timey New Orleans jazz aggregation. This recently minted blend of two groups, the Balkan beatniks of ... More >>
Damages from this past week's arctic push haven't been fully assessed yet, but you can be certain that tender greens like spinach and lettuces (already showing higher prices) and the ever-present artichoke harvests are first among the lost.
One wild crop that does do well during the occasionally ... More >>
When fantastic farmers -- and cooks -- like Clarita Coleman matter-of-factly say things like, "I don't write anything down," you stop to jot that recipe down. If there even is a recipe. With Coleman, you're likely to get a basic cooking outline. But really, with beans this fresh, that's all you need ... More >>
The Lobster mushroom -- it's a fungalian horror story just in time for Halloween, complete with body snatcher metamorphosis, disfigurement and a cheery seasonal orange glow.
Imagine you're at short-stemmed Russula (Russula brevipes) or a peppery milk cap (Lactarius piperatus) -- two edible mushro ... More >>
5. The Zeros and The Muffs
Troubadour, July 20
Though the Zeros and the Muffs began their careers at the start of the punk era and in the middle of grunge, respectively, their billing this summer was inspired. Both play the kind of punk -- catchy pop hooks over wham-bam, cranked-up chords -- that, ... More >>
Hang out long enough with David West, a.k.a. "the mushroom man" of Clearwater Farms, and eventually a farmers market customer is bound to ask the "Big O" question. "Well, shiitakes are grown on oak blocks, so until someone decides to make certified organic oak trees, no, these are not organic," says ... More >>
The Zeros, The Muffs
See also: Our interview with Javier Escovedo
Even though the Zeros were born at the dawn of the punk era in 1976 and the Muffs didn't start until the depths of the grunge scene 15 years later, they couldn't have been more perfectly billed last night at ... More >>
Morel mushrooms are back -- after a tense few days among antsy pickers up north. Conventional wisdom says that on the West Coast, morels show up in spring after two full days of 80 degree weather and that they favor recently disturbed earth, either from fire, logging or new landscaping. This bode ... More >>
Umami hounds looking to plump up a meatless Monday often turn to mushrooms to bring the glutamates to the plate. The wild Black Trumpet mushroom -- trumpets des morts for the French (this becomes relevant in a minute) -- is the umami-est of them all, bringing smoke, earth and fruit all in one snapp ... More >>
January and February are ripe with local farmers market finds like fresh truffles, sweet limes and cherimoya. And now, an exciting (revealing?) new discovery: Underwear printed with your favorite grower's produce and logo.
Well, before you get all Valentine's Day gift excited, we should note that t ... More >>
Somewhere in a back alley outside of Paris, $30,000 worth of black European truffles is changing hands. Asking the seller about the truffles' origins could send them packing to another less inquisitive buyer, so the buyer ponies up quietly and hauls off the heavily perfumed, cloth-lined crate while ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaCantharellus californicus from Tutti Frutti FarmsOur early season rainstorms have yielded two predictable outcomes: angsty tweets from farmers market vendors trying desperately to keep self, customers and produce dry, and a splendid sprouting of mud puppies, a.k.a. California ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaMorels from Clearwater Farms at the Hollywood market.
If you are an Angeleno with a love for morels, you have two options. You can either creep through the misty, moss covered forests of northern California (think hobbits at the break of dawn) to zero in on a treasured morel ... More >>
Felicia Friesema Giant Live Oak Chantarelles at Tutti Frutti's farm stand at the Hollywood market.
During the summer, our local scrubby oak groves are covered with water-starved, crispy yellow field grasses. But thanks to the recent deluge we're now seeing Live Oak Chanterelles at several fa ... More >>
A. Scattergoodcrabapples at Pudwill Farms
November at Los Angeles farmers markets is shot with color: it's like our version of the gorgeous descending trees in other parts of the country. A stroll through today's Santa Monica market yielded Kabocha squash, baby pumpkins, crabapples, stinging ... More >>
A. ScattergoodMaitake mushrooms at Clearwater Farms
If you want to find mushrooms in this town, your best bet is probably to keep your foraging to Clearwater Farms' farmers market stall rather than look for them yourself. And if you're foraging for wild mushrooms in Italy, you might want to s ... More >>
A. ScattergoodSee Canyon Blenheim apricots
The Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market is, on some days more than others, a microcosm of the Los Angeles food scene, or at least a certain quadrant of it. This morning, relentlessly sunny and with temperatures creeping towards the 80s and then the ... More >>
Summer may not officially start for about three more weeks, but, between the warm weather and the coming and going of Memorial Day, it sure seems like it's here already. Which means what, that the kids will be home soon, that Vin Scully now narrates your dreams, and that the farmers markets are a ri ... More >>
A. ScattergoodRamps at Clearwater Farm
The Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market is one of those places in Los Angeles where it's nice to have a crowd, unlike, say, Hollywood Boulevard during summer vacation, with its jumbled claustrophobia of tourists, mimes and people dressed up like Jack ... More >>
Photo credit: Amy ScattergoodTenerelli's O'Henry peachesThe Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market is a very fun place, between the streets filled with farmers' stands and the enormous variety of fresh produce and the marine layer blowing in from the ocean only a block away. It's also a great ... More >>
Although the St. Petersburg Times' three-part series
on L.A.-based Scientology and its enigmatic leader, David Miscavige,
mostly focuses on the church's Clearwater, Florida operations, there's a deep Los
Angeles background to some of the stories involving beatings that have allegedly become an
insti ... More >>