Archive for January, 2010

FARMERS MARKET REPORT: WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 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 are extremely fragrant and intense with a rather short shelf-life.  The black truffles are milder but they are more hardy than the white truffles.  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 truffles harvested right here !  A rare treasure, indeed…

Schaner Farms has green garlic!! fresh hen eggs and beets!  Coastal Organics has beautiful lettuces and baby broccoli.  Baby artichokes are on hiatus until mid-January. Cara caras from Rancho Del Sol have arrived as well as our first supply of blood oranges from  Beck Grove!!!  Apples are done.

Lots of rain this week = tougher harvesting and we have gotten lots of word from the farmers that supplies are limited.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WINTER CROPS:

Bacon and Fuertes Avocados, Cabbage, Cardones, Baby Cauliflower, Celery Root, Cherimoyas, Citrus:  Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats (late winter), 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!!! Soon…..kumquats!

Sugar Snap Peas are back!! Rutiz Farms, snappy, succulent and sweet!

English Peas!

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