Archive for May, 2010

FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF MEMORIAL DAY, 2010

Luna Oysters: LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE!!!!!!!! CARLSBAD AQUAFARM

It is officially Sustainable Seafood Week in San Diego!! Hopefully this week marks the greater awakening of a needed era in our relationship with the ocean’s edible populations.  67% of the seafood that America consumes is via restaurants. As chefs we hold the great responsibility to be responsible for the seafood we serve to our guests.  How does this pertain to a farmers market report?  We do not just find produce at the farmers market:  there are cheese makers, cattle ranchers, egg producers, chicken growers and seafood mongers AKA fishmongers.  Fishmongers are our great connection to the ocean.  Just as global food distribution and our taste for seafood have increased tenfold over the past few decades, fishmongers have become a dying breed, a metaphor for what is left in the ocean and where our conventional collective consciousness lies.  Food has become a forefront topic in the 21st century in a way that we have never quite seen in our lifetimes.  Farmers markets are increasing in size, awareness and they are contributing to our regular source for food.  We have decided we want to know where our food comes from.  We want to meet the farmers and shake their hands.  We trust them to grow food for our restaurant guests, our friends and families.  That same connection to the farmer in the field should translate to the fishermen in the ocean, lakes and rivers.  Where does your seafood come from? Who is fishing the seafood that you are putting onto the plate?  Do you trust him? When was the last time you shook your fishmonger’s hand?

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/fish/

watch these videos:

What does sustainable seafood mean to you? by Specialty Produce

How I fell in love with a fish (Dan Barber)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:

Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cardones, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs:  Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress

***GLORIA TAMAI WHITE CORN IS IN FULL ABUNDANCE!!!! PUT IT ON THE MENU NOW***

***FITZGERALD PEACHES AND APRIUMS ARE RIPE AND BEING HARVESTED!!!***

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Farmers’ Market Bag 5-26-10 #spFMB

This weeks Farmers Market Bag is sure to please! Filled with all sorts of farm fresh spring goodies it’s the perfect assortment for everything from a casual lunch to a graduation celebration dinner! Enjoy & share what you made with the FMB community on our FB page!

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Post on Twitter with the hashtag #spFMB

Radicchio Grumolo & Pirella Lettuce – Coleman Family Farms
Arugula & Mixed Cherry Tomatoes – Gloria Tamai Farms
White Icicle Radish – Sage Mountain Farms
Yellow Peaches – Fitzgerald Farms
Cantaloupe – Black Dog Farms
Portuguese Garlic OR a few will find Green Garlic (which is just a younger version) – Windrose Family Farms

If you haven’t joined yet, you can order a bag for next week on our FMB page!

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:

Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cardones, Carrots, Cherimoyas, Citrus: , Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs: Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Cremini, Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Rapini, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress

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