Squid Ink | Farmers Markets | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly
Loading...

Farmers Markets

Friday, November 21, 2014

Boba - MONTEREY PARK NIGHT MARKET
  • Monterey Park Night Market
  • Boba
Since earlier this year, the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce has been hosting a slew of night markets at Barnes Park, in what was touted at the time as the Southland's first long-term, city-sponsored event of its kind. It's called the Monterey Park Night Market (or MPK Night Market) and tonight (Friday!) will be their last soiree of the season.

Festivities will run from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and vendors will be serving up items like fried squid, rice balls, skewers, takoyaki, potato swirls, buns, tacos, and falafels. Notable food trucks include Seoul Sausage and Middle Feast from the Food Networks' The Great Food Truck Race. 

More »

Monday, November 17, 2014

NICOLE FRANZEN
  • Nicole Franzen
A celebration of seasonal cooking, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, by Ben Towill, Phil Winser and Nick Wilber with Julia Turshen, is a luscious new cookbook aiming to make you walk the walk of farmers market eating. Just published in October by Rizzoli, the chunky tome is divided into four sections — all the better to help you focus on what is fresh now.

Friends since childhood in England, Towill and Winser opened the Fat Radish restaurant on the Lower East Side of New York in 2010, bringing Nick Wilber on as chef. The trio embarked on an odyssey to bring nourishing food, heavy on the vegetables, with a soupcon of British influence to downtown Manhattan.

Interestingly, Towill had a bout with chronic fatigue syndrome as a teenager and connected his exhaustion with what he ate. “I began healing myself through diet,” he writes in the introduction. Spurred on by encouraging results, Towill found the adage “You are what you eat” to be more true in his case than he'd ever imagined.

The love for fresh ingredients shines through The Fat Radish, in page after page of brightly colored dishes. The photos, by Nicole Franzen, capture the variety of items and make you want to attack your nearest farmers market and get crackin’.

More »

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pasta

Kenter Canyon Farms' Pastas Go From Farm to Market to Pasta Bowl

Comments (2)

By

Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM
Kenter Canyon's pasta - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • Kenter Canyon's pasta
If you've spent much time at Andrea Crawford's farmers market stall, likely drooling over her whole wheat boules or stocking up on more of Kenter Canyon Farms' Sonora flour, you may be forgiven for overlooking the boxes of pasta. It's difficult to think clearly when you're standing in a crowd eating a whole baguette for breakfast, isn't it. 

But Crawford, her husband and business partner Robert Dedlow, and their team also make pasta with the wheat and buckwheat they grow and mill up in Hollister. Which I guess makes the Wednesday Santa Monica and Sunday Hollywood farmers markets, the only two markets they go to, even more of a one-stop shop than it was already. Lucky us. 

More »

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Farmers Markets

Farmers Market Report: Eagle Rock

Comments (0)

By

Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 5:00 AM
nectarines and peaches at the Eagle Rock farmers market - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • nectarines and peaches at the Eagle Rock farmers market
Farmers market: Eagle Rock Farmers Market

When: Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m. (8:30 during the summer)

Where: Recently relocated, the Eagle Rock market is now held just outside Eagle Rock City Hall, 2035 Colorado Boulevard at Maywood (just west of the Oinkster).

Run by the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, this small neighborhood market started 16 or 17 years ago. "There was a clear need for such a market," says chamber president Mike Noguiera. "Eagle Rock didn't have hardly any restaurants," he said. "We didn't even have a coffee shop." The market gave locals a place to go out and enjoy their neighborhood, as well as a place to buy fresh produce. It grew quickly, Noguiera says.

More »

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Andy Mariani and David Karp in their orchard - DAVID KARP
  • David Karp
  • Andy Mariani and David Karp in their orchard
If you frequent the Santa Monica farmers market — or any farmers market, really — you've probably seen David Karp, even if you didn't know who he was. For years, he's been as much a regular as the farmers he writes about, and he's hard to miss: Karp's customary market gear includes a many-pocketed vest, stuffed with reporters notebooks; a massive camera, of the sort you might imagine James Cameron takes on location; and often a pith helmet. And he's often laden with boxes of the fruit he writes about, either fruit he's discovered or, lately, grown himself with partner Andy Mariani of Andy's Orchard in Morgan Hills.

On Wednesday morning, June 4, Karp, who was known as the Fruit Detective before The New Yorker profiled him under that title in 2002, will move to the other side of the market stall. He and Mariani finally will bring their astonishing fruit to the Santa Monica Wednesday farmers market, starting with cherries and progressing over the course of the season to apricots, nectarines and maybe, if we're very lucky, greengage plums. Karp and Mariani will stay at the market as long as their fruit stays on the trees, likely until mid-September.

More »

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Farmers Markets

Farmers Market Report: South Pasadena

Comments (1)

By

Thu, May 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM
South Pasadena farmers market - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • South Pasadena farmers market
Farmers market: South Pasadena Farmers Market

When: Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.

Where: Meridian Avenue and El Centro Street, right next to the South Pasadena Gold Line Metro
station.

Launched about 16 years ago, the South Pasadena farmers market has gone through some dramatic changes in the past few years. After the disbanding of Mission West Association, which ran the market for years, the City of South Pasadena needed a new operator. A five-year contract was awarded to the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, which took over operations in 2010.

More »

Friday, May 9, 2014

stone fruit at South Pasadena farmers market - A. SCATTERGOOD
  • A. Scattergood
  • stone fruit at South Pasadena farmers market
If you still don't think climate change is real, maybe you're not spending enough time at farmers markets. This year has been even wonkier than usual (or catastrophic, depending on who you talk to), between the sudden heat waves and the semi-permanent drought. What this means in terms of the future is for the climatologists to work out; what it means for local stone fruit farmers is an early crop of smaller but very flavor-intensive fruit.

As anyone who's on Instagram knows, cherries have hit the markets in buckets, followed closely by apricots, nectarines and peaches. At the South Pasadena farmers market, held every Thursday late afternoon and evening, Etheridge Organics' stands stands were loaded with saturn peaches, nectarines and yellow peaches as well as citrus. The stone fruit, from Visalia, up near Fresno, was indeed on the small side, but with marvelous high acid and deeply flavorful.

If you, like many of us, consider the summer availability of stone fruit to be the best reason to live in Los Angeles (that and taco trucks), you'll be eating these out of hand. But you'll probably also over-buy out of sheer joy, in which case you might need a few recipes. Here are five of them.

More »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Farmers Markets

Farmers Market Report: Larchmont Village Market

Comments (0)

By

Tue, May 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Larchmont Village farmers market - STEVIE ST. JOHN
  • Stevie St. John
  • Larchmont Village farmers market
Farmers Market: Larchmont Village Farmers Market.

When: Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 209 N. Larchmont Blvd. (lot #694), between Beverly Boulevard and First Street.

What: This laid-back, medium-sized market features a variety of vendors, from produce to pre-made convenience foods to flowers, bread and jewelry. 

More »

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Avocados - FLICKR/JAANUS SILLA
The neighborhood of Glassell Park will have a weekly farmers market to call its own today. After the grand opening hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the market will set up every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Goodwill Community Enrichment Center. It will be the latest member in the expanding network of fresh food marketplaces across Los Angeles. Just last month, San Marino launched its own farmers market.  

The effort to establish a market in Glassell Park has been a collaborative one, including the Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles or SEE-LA, the offices of Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and Goodwill. 

More »

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Farmers Markets

Farmers Market Report: East L.A. Farmers Market

Comments (0)

By

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Produce is the main draw at the east Los Angeles market. - STEVIE ST. JOHN
  • Stevie St. John
  • Produce is the main draw at the east Los Angeles market.
Farmers Market: East Los Angles Farmers Market 

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 4801 East 3rd St., near the East LA/Civic Center gold line Metro station

What: A small market with about 25 vendors.

Who Sells Here: Produce vendors include: Castellanos Farm, Manna Farm, Gaytan Farm, Ibarra Farm, Gama Farm and Perez Farm. 

More »

Now Trending