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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF JANUARY 31, 2010

The rains have brought dozens of greens varieties including:   bloomsdale spinach, sweet regatta spinach, red and green mustard (6-12 inches long), green wave mustard greens (up to 12 inches in length), osaka purple mustard, red and green okami spinach and more!!!

Local Truffles (only 2 more weeks!):  both white and black, roughly the size of walnuts and sold by the ounce are available at the farmers market via Clearwater Farms.  The white truffles have an intense fragrance and an mild flavor of butter, fresh-roasted hazelnuts, and dried morels with a hint of garlic. with a rather short shelf-life.  The black truffles are pungent; the flavor is a strange mix of pineapple, mushrooms and chocolate.  These truffles are sniffed out from the forest ground by trained dogs that find the richest mature truffles that release a musky aphrodesial scent.  Imagine, fresh domestic truffles harvested from Douglas Fir woodlands!  A rare treasure, indeed…

Tutti Frutti and Life’s a Choke are harvesting chanterelle mushrooms!

Chanterelles do not discriminate in their “plant relationships”. Their mycelial threads can be found intertwined with the roots of hardwood trees, conifers, shrubs and bushes. They specifically thrive on old deep, leaf “litter”.

Schaner Farms has green garlic!! fresh hen eggs and beets!  Coastal Organics has beautiful lettuces, mustard greens, mediums sized white, pink and gold beets, red and green chard and baby broccoli.  Baby artichokes are on hiatus until mid-January. Blood oranges, meiwa and nagami kumquats have arrived!

Rain is expected mid-week, which will give the farmers some reprise to harvest before a potential rainy-day market.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINTER CROPS:

Bacon and Fuertes Avocados, Cabbage, Cardones, Baby Cauliflower, Celery Root, Cherimoyas, Citrus:  Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Dates, Escarole, Fennel, Kale:  Black, Peacock, Kohlrabies, Leeks, Mushrooms:  Black Trumpet, Chanterelle, Oyster, Shitake, Nettles, Parsnips, Radicchio, Radishes, Sapotes, Sorrel, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Winter Squash

Allow this to be your navigational guide to menu-making and spontaneous cravings, getting what’s in season locally and just one chapter of living, breathing sustainability.

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FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF JAN. 24, 2010

Local Truffles:  both white and black, roughly the size of walnuts and sold by the ounce are available at the farmers market via Clearwater Farms.  The white truffles have an intense fragrance and an mild flavor of butter, fresh-roasted hazelnuts, and dried morels with a hint of garlic. with a rather short shelf-life.  The black truffles are pungent; the flavor is a strange mix of pineapple, mushrooms and chocolate.  These truffles are sniffed out from the forest ground by trained dogs that find the richest mature truffles that release a musky aphrodesial scent.  Imagine, fresh domestic truffles harvested from Douglas Fir woodlands!  A rare treasure, indeed…

Tutti Frutti and Life’s a Choke are harvesting chanterelle mushrooms!

Chanterelles do not discriminate in their “plant relationships”. Their mycelial threads can be found intertwined with the roots of hardwood trees, conifers, shrubs and bushes. They specifically thrive on old deep, leaf “litter”.

Schaner Farms has green garlic!! fresh hen eggs and beets!  Coastal Organics has beautiful lettuces, mustard greens, mediums sized white, pink and gold beets, red and green chard and baby broccoli.  Baby artichokes are on hiatus until mid-January. Blood oranges, meiwa and nagami kumquats have arrived!

Rain, rain and more rain will create some unpredictable harvests this week.  Prepare to expect the unexpected.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINTER CROPS:

Bacon and Fuertes Avocados, Cabbage, Cardones, Baby Cauliflower, Celery Root, Cherimoyas, Citrus:  Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Dates, Escarole, Fennel, Kale:  Black, Peacock, Kohlrabies, Leeks, Mushrooms:  Black Trumpet, Chanterelle, Oyster, Shitake, Nettles, Parsnips, Radicchio, Radishes, Sapotes, Sorrel, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Winter Squash

Allow this to be your navigational guide to menu-making and spontaneous cravings, getting what’s in season locally and just one chapter of living, breathing sustainability.

MARKET FORECAST:


Citrus has taken over the market landscape!

Limequats!!!

Blood oranges,  cara cara oranges

Lee, kishu, satsuma and clementine mandarins, pomelos, oro blanco grapefruits, meyer lemons, bears limes, kaffir limes – it’s time for our favorite winter fruits!!! and finally…..kumquats!!! both meiwa and nagami!

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