You know Fall has officially arrived when the markets start filling up with Persimmons. These beautiful orange globes originated in Asia, then found their way to the United States in 1851. Persimmons (from the genus Diospyros) are packed with vitamins A, B and C, as well as manganese. They are a fantastic source of fiber and contain many antioxidants and gallocatechins (a tumor inhibitor). Two thousand different cultivators exist, with 20 fairly well known varieties available in many markets. In most US markets however, you’ll find the two most commercially available varieties from September – December: Hachiaya and Fuyu persimmons.
With an abundance of jalapeños from our garden, I’ve been able to preserve them in so many different ways! I’m excited to share this Jalapeño Jelly recipe with you all, as it’s absolutely delicious! I’m not even really into spicy food (I grow and preserve them for the hubby), but a dollop of this on some cheese? Hello! So good! Continue Reading…
Just a bit north of Los Angeles, on the way to Thousand Oaks, is Westlake Village. They have a great Sunday market that is fairly large and diverse. Many of my favorite vendors are here from my usual Saturday market in Calabasas, so if I can’t make it on a Saturday, I’ll head 10 minutes up highway 101 to catch the Westlake Village Farmers Market.
My garden has been so prolific, we didn’t need much today. (There was also a croissant from Breadbarand a cheese danish from Les Delices Du Four Bakery, but those obviously didn’t make it back home for this photo!)
When many people think of Compton, CA it’s most likely in terms of a dangerous neighborhood within Los Angeles, where gangsta rap took hold, and where liquor stores dot most corners instead of grocery stores or farmers markets. Compton is considered a food desert but did you know it was once part of a 75,000 acre cattle ranch and has a rich agricultural history?
One of my favorite things to grow are peppers. Even before I had a ‘real’ garden, I would grow in pots to appease my husbands love of all things spicy. I grow a few different varieties, but jalapeños are the favs around here. And when my plants are so full they are tipping over from the weight, I know it’s time to do a mass harvest and start my seasonal preserving recipe for easy pickled jalapeños.
When you grow up hearing, “Just say, no” at every turn, it’s an interesting experience to walk around an Emerald Exchange event where cannabis plants decorate vendors booths that in turn overflow with all aspects of the plant.
I love the ease of having a refreshing grain salad in the fridge to nibble on for a day or two. When our summer days creep into the high 90’s or even 100’s, who wants to be cooking??? Quite often it’s quinoa mixed with cukes and other goodies, but I recently tried Pereg’s non-GMO Farro and really fell in love with the flavor!
If you like Hatch chile’s, August and September are the only months you’ll find them in stores. And most of the stores have Hatch chile roasting events, so you don’t have to roast them yourselves! Continue Reading…
Next time your favorite farmers market person asks if you want them to cut the tops off the carrots you just bought, tell them no! I have an easy, tasty recipe for you that will make you wish you’d known about along!
For the second year in a row, my daughter and I loaded up the car with snacks and drove to Fresno County, California to visit the largest agricultural area of California (and possibly the United States!). Our end destination: visiting local farms on the Fresno Fruit Trail in Central California.
Looking for something fun to do in the LA area this weekend? Head on over to Orcutt Ranch in the west end of The Valley for their annual orange tree fruit picking. This is a city park and historical center with some great history and well worth visiting. It’s going to be hot though, so come early.