Farmers' Market Report – Week of March 25th 2009

March 23, 2009 0 Comments

Good afternoon, everyone!
NEWSFLASH: Fava Beans are in, from both Coastal Farms and McGrath Farm!! Supplies are a little limited to start, but will do our best to fill all orders! All of the unique lettuces from Coleman and McGrath are still going very strong. Jerry’s Berries, a funny spinoff from the famous “Harry’s Berries”, except that he grows a “Galante” variety, which is very sweet but a naturally softer strawberry (pre-order only due to its shorter shelf life). Also, speaking of SPRING, Miner’s Lettuce is available from Flora Bella Farm, Persian Watercress, aka Shahe, from Rutiz Farm, and White Beets (bulk, large size) just started from Weiser Farm!
Romanesco from 2 Peas in a Pod now will not be available for several weeks. The weather destroyed his new planting, and we must wait for the other field to come in. ๐Ÿ™ Baby Pink Turnips from Coastal Farm are still not available for 2 more weeks, but her Baby Gold Turnips are!
That’s it for this week. More spring stuff to come soon, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚
Note: All pre-orders must be placed by Tuesday at noon to [email protected]. Emergency orders or add-ons will be accepted, but we can longer guarantee availability. If there are any special requests please feel free to ask!


  • Fava Beans from Coastal & McGrath Farms
  • Fava Beans from Coastal Organics

  • Jerry’s Berries Strawberries (Galante variety) from Rutiz Farm
  • Jerry's Berries Strawberries from Rutiz Farm

  • Farm Fresh Eggs from Jaime Farm – they use a few different breeds of chickens, so these eggs will come assorted – brown/speckled, blue-green, and white. The inside looks like a normal egg but you creative chefs should utilize the colored shells for easter or hollow them out and use to house a tasty app? Pre-order only!
  • Red Arrow Broccoli (purple) from Weiser Family Farm
  • Red Arrow Broccoli from Weiser Farm

  • Bloomsdale Spinach from Weiser Family Farm (limited!)
  • Bloomsdale Spinach from Weiser Farm

  • White Spring Onions from Jaime Farms
  • White Spring Onions from Jaime Farms

    Beylik Family Farms – Fillmore, CA

    Persian Cucumbers
    Japanese Tomatoes – a deep red tomato with a unique earthy tone
    Yellow Tomatoes

    Coastal Organics – Oxnard, CA

    Black Kale – also known as tuscan kale, black cabbage, or cavalo nero!
    Gold bunch Turnips – beautiful colors all the way through!
    Baby Broccoli – the smallest on the market!
    Fava Beans – New!

    Coleman Family Farm – Carpinteria, CA

    Broccoli Spigarello – great winter braising green!
    Red Butter (Piret) Lettuce
    Freckles Lettuce
    Lollo Rossa Lettuce
    Treviso – so young, you’ll barely recognize it. Deep green with a deep red blush
    Radicchio – note: small heads! Perfect for plate garnishes.

    Garcia Organic Farm – Fallbrook, CA

    Cara Cara Oranges– a mix between a grapefruit and a navel orange gives it its signature salmon colored flesh!
    Paige Tangerines – bet you can’t eat just one, so order up!
    Meiwa Kumquats – a Japanese variety that has a sweeter pulp

    Harry’s Berries – Oxnard, CA

    Note: Their tomatoes are reaching the end of their season, but they are still amazingly sweet, so keep up the orders for now!
    Yellow Cherry Tomatoes
    Baby Red Roma Tomatoes

    Jaime Farm – Ontario, CA

    Mixed Baby Bunch Carrots – beautiful baby yellow, orange, red, and purple haze carrots with tops
    Rainbow Chard
    French Breakfast Radish, & Easter Egg Radish
    White Spring Onion – large sized and absolutely beautiful! Attached to hearty, fresh green tops (Purple is coming next week!)

    Life’s A Choke – Lompoc, CA

    Baby Anzio Artichokes – a cross between green and purple artichokes, and very meaty!
    Baby Purple (Fiesole) Artichokes– not as meaty, but beautiful color and a nutty flavor
    Lyon Artichoke with stem– large and in charge! This is a very jumbo, round, meaty variety from Southern France that has very little bitterness, if any, compared to other varieties

    McGrath Family Farm – Camarillo, CA

    Wild Arugula
    Baby Bunch Candy Beets, Red Beets, Gold Beets, and White Beets
    Baby Watermelon Radish
    Pea Tendrils
    Red Okami Spinach – a uniquiely shaped leaf with a deep red stem and veins – great for sauteing!
    Baby White Japanese Turnips
    Firecracker Lettuce – deep red and a bit frilly!
    Fava Beans – just in!

    Mike and Son Egg Ranch – Ontario, CA

    Brown Eggs (15 doz case only)

    Polito Family Farm – Valley Center, CA

    Oro Blanco Grapefuit – golden-flesh, sweet and juicy – still going strong!

    Rutiz Farm – Arroyo Grande, CA

    Green Garlic
    Sugar Snap Peas
    English Peas
    Purplette Scallions – deep purple color at the bottom, and an addictingly spicy red-onion flavor!
    Persian Watercress– a different variety, this one has a wonderfully spicy-sweet kick
    Jerry’s Berries Strawberries – pre-order only due to its short shelf life

    Weiser Family Farm – Bakersfield, CA

    Red Thumb Potatoes – red skinned on the outside, and pretty in pink on the inside
    Russian Banana Fingerlings – baker size, but oh so creamy..
    French Heirloom Fingerlings – red-skinned and white-fleshed, has a very silky texture (baker size)
    Mix Baby Carrots – all heirloom varieties!
    MICRO Mix Carrots– whoo hoo! They’re back! A little bit more expensive but I know some of you really love the super small size – same heirloom mix as the baby
    Bloomsdale Spinach – limited supplies, but is from a true bloomsdale seed – extra crinkly and holds up well!
    Baby Purple Broccoli – aka Red Arrow Broccoli, which is the specific variety. It’s not purple all the way through, but the green stem and leaves contrast it very nicely. It has a mild flavor and the farmer recommends slicing thinly and serving raw, or do a very quick saute if desired to keep the color!!
    White Beets – the big ol’ ones, great for roasting and pairing with other beets for a milder, sweeter flavor

    Yasutomi Farm – Pico Rivera, CA

    Baby Bok Choy – amazingly tender, and small enough to braise whole
    Baby Celery – this celery’s life was cut short just for you

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