The Farmers Market Box
Our effort to support family owned California farms by connecting you with their peak season produce.
Padron Chile Peppers from Suzie’s Farm!! The pepper’s cultivating origins lay in Herbón, whose monastery was where Franciscans apparently first tried growing the pepper seeds they’d brought back from the New World in the 18th century. At the going rate, pimientos de padron are not an everyday vegetable. They are at a laborious disadvantage. The …
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUMMER CROPS:
Amaranth, Arugula, Hass, Lamb Hass and Reed Avocados, Apricots, Asian Pears, Bay leaves, Shelling Beans, Berries, Cherries, Chickpeas, Citrus: Lemons, Limes, Valencia Oranges, Corn, Cucumbers, Red Currants, Edamame, Eggplants, Figs, Grapes, Grape Leaves, Herbs; basil, fennel, lemon verbena, sumer savory, Lamb’s Quarter, Leeks, Mangoes, Nectarines, Okra, Maui and Walla Walla-type Onions, Passion Fruits, Peaches, Peanuts, Peppers, Plums, New Potatoes, Purlsane, Radicchio, Shallots, Snap beans, Bloomsdale Spinach, Squash Blossoms, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes!!!
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS:
Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs: Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New Potatoes, Treviso, Radicchio, Radishes, Snap Peas, Sorrel, Strawberries, Watercress
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SPRING CROPS: Artichokes, Arugula, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cherries, Citrus: Buddha’s Hand, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Mandarins, Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Pomelos, Tangelos, Eggs, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Garlic, Herbs: Dill, Leeks, Chives, Parsley, Mint, Tarragon; Lettuce, Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Hedgehog, Morel, Porcini; Nettles, Parsnips, Passion Fruits, Pea Tendrils, English Peas, New …
We do not just find produce at the farmers market: there are cheese makers, cattle ranchers, egg producers, chicken growers and seafood mongers AKA fishmongers. Fishmongers are our great connection to the ocean. Just as global food distribution and our taste for seafood have increased tenfold over the past few decades, fishmongers have become a dying breed, a metaphor for what is left in the ocean and where our conventional collective consciousness lies. Food has become a forefront topic in the 21st century in a way that we have never quite seen in our lifetimes. Farmers markets are increasing in size, awareness and they are contributing to our regular source for food. We have decided we want to know where our food comes from.
these are our products. You know me. I’ll shake your hand. I’ll give you a hug and a smile and my ear. You know our integrity. We aren’t hiding anything. You can talk to us anytime. You can visit the farm. You know our values. Our dreams. Our goals. You can call me out, right or wrong, and I’ll take it and try to make it better. I’m not perfect, but I’m doing my best. I like you. I want to help you. I think what you are doing is cool. Maybe you think what we are doing is cool. Let’s do something cool together and show it to some other cool people…” Lucila De Alejandro
Locavores are putting their money where their mouthes are at farmers markets and in CSA programs as well as in restaurants that are featuring local farmers fare on their menus. They are a growing conscious group of people that have are making decisions that are supporting local foodways, farming tradition, indigenous knowledge and agricultural practices , and potentially endangered crop landraces. Their growing movement has even manifested itself into our technological airwaves.
For those who would like an immediate pulse on what is in-season right now and where – a pocket-like guide – there is an amazing iPhone and iPad application called Locavore. It is also available via iTunes. For those without an iPhone or iPad, yet plenty savvy enough for social media, well, there is a Facebook application too!
So what’s so special about the Locavore app? Locavore can tell you what is in season at the exact moment that you open up the application.
As much as we identify our farms under the farmers market umbrella, we equally identify them as our local farmers. I say this because several of the farms that we work with to bring to your restaurant work in the community but not necessarily at the farmers market. The idea of the farmers market is about paying a farmer a fair share for what their produce is worth. No big brokering, no factory farming or subsidies, just local small sustainable farms exchanging in a greater honest commerce.
Local, organic, sustainable real people growing really good real food just out our backdoor. Owners and operators, Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro are passionate risk-taking farmers on a mission to provide an abundance of beautiful produce in harmony with the land and Mother Nature. They seek out unique varieties of well, just about everything. Currently they have 13,000 tomato plants in the ground, several varieties of shelling beans, radishes, spinach, sweet and hot peppers, summer squash varieties, peas, lettuces, red okra and so much more! The current harvest includes:
CITRUS ABUNDANCE Cara Cara Oranges – J.J.’s Lone Daughter Ranch Seasons/Availability These particular Cara Cara’s are peaking right now!!! Description/Taste The Cara Cara is a type of navel orange with a deep pink almost red flesh offering a sweet hybrid of sweet tangerine and subtle grapefruit flavors. The fruit varies in size from small, medium, …