Farmers' Market Report – Week of March 25th 2009
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. 🙁 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. 🙂
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!
Beylik Family Farms – Fillmore, CA
Coastal Organics – Oxnard, CA
Coleman Family Farm – Carpinteria, CA
Broccoli Spigarello – great winter braising green!
Red Butter (Piret) 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
Jaime Farm – Ontario, CA
Mixed Baby Bunch Carrots – beautiful baby yellow, orange, red, and purple haze carrots with tops
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
Baby Bunch Candy Beets, Red Beets, Gold Beets, and White Beets
Baby Watermelon Radish
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
Sugar Snap 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