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.
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?
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.
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…
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.
In celebration of Earth Day, Slow Food USA is hosting their annual, “Give What You Can Day” to become a member! That means, instead of the usual $60, you can join Slow Food USA for any amount!
I love being a member of my local Slow Food chapter. I’ve met so many like minded people. I’m actually heading out today to volunteer with some of our local food preservers to teach a free class on canning. Slow Food USA works at preserving biodiversity, teaching kids to grow their own food, and so much more. To learn more and find a local chapter where you live, head over to Slow Food USA today.
April 22 will mark the global celebration of Earth Day, started in 1970 by US Senator Gaylord Nelson after observing the devastation of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Growing up on the west coast just south of Santa Barbara, I can recall how ‘normal’ it was to come home after a day on the beach and clean the tar off my feet.
Santa Monica has quite a few markets going throughout the week. The one downtown is on Arizona, every Saturday from 8am – 1pm. (There is also a market here on Wednesdays from 8:30am – 1:30pm) The Saturday market, however, is also known as the organic market, and has the largest percentage of organic growers of all the other SM markets.
This Sunday, the Cochon555 Tour is heading to LA. Five heritage pigs, five chefs, five winemakers – all coming together to raise money and awareness for heritage breed pigs and family farming. And we are giving away two VIP tickets to this one of a kind event, value $200 each! Continue Reading…