Farmers' Market Report – Week of April 1st

March 31, 2009 0 Comments

Happy Monday!
How did everyone like their Fava’s? Amanda (our microgreen queen and your FM packer) made the mistake of eating one without removing the 2nd shell!! Ha ha, priceless! But yes, under that waxy shell, they are super sweet and fresh; not ONE BIT mealy. McGrath Farms and Coastal has more this week, supplies are goin’ good!
Another great new spring item is Polito Family Farm’s “Tom’s Terrific” Tangerines!! Trust me, you’re going to want this. I am not bringing in anymore Paige tangerines and bringing in these instead, that’s how TERRIFIC they are. We tried a sample last week and were in heaven. They are technically the Tahoe variety, originally developed via UC Riverside’s famous citrus breeding program. Easy to peel, 99% seedless, and JUUIIICCCYYY. Eat it over the sink and don’t say I didn’t warn you. $2.70 per LB, a little cheaper than the Paige. 🙂
Also, Weiser’s Bloomsdale Spinach was too small to cut, so this week will be Rutiz Farm! SNOW Peas available this week from Tutti Frutti Farm – SUPER SWEET!
The not-so-good news: Purplette Scallions from Rutiz Farm is gapping for the next 2 weeks. Harry’s Berries Baby Roma and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes will be gapping for about 3 months. 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 (I know I keep saying 2 weeks, sorry!), and Baby Broccoli is N/A for 2 weeks as they await their new planting. BUT, I am bring in the Weiser Farm Baby Green AND Purple Broccoli, which is a little larger than Coastal’s but equally delicious.
Until next week,
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!


  • Tom’s Terrific Tangerines from Polito Family Farm
  • Snow Peas from Tutti Frutti Farm
  • Red Spring Onions from Jaime Farm (not quite confirmed, but we’re hoping)
  • Red Spring Onions from Jaime Farms
    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

    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!
    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.
    Sugar Snap Peas

    Garcia Organic Farm – Fallbrook, CA

    Cara Cara Oranges– a mix between a grapefruit and a navel orange gives it its signature salmon colored flesh!
    Meiwa Kumquats – a Japanese variety that has a sweeter pulp

    Harry’s Berries – Oxnard, CA

    Note: Tomatoes gapping for 3 months! Oh, the horror!

    Jaime Farm – Ontario, CA

    Mixed Baby Bunch Carrots – beautiful baby yellow, orange, red, and purple haze carrots with tops
    Rainbow Chard
    White Spring Onion – large sized and absolutely beautiful! Attached to hearty, fresh green tops
    Red Spring Onion – still not confirmed

    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!
    Tom’s Terrific Tangerines – very juicy, easy to peel, and almost seedless – yum!

    Rutiz Farm – Arroyo Grande, CA

    Green Garlic
    Sugar Snap Peas
    English Peas
    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
    Savoy Spinach – cut in small clusters of 3-4 leaves – beautiful

    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!
    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!!
    Baby Broccoli – it’s green counterpart
    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

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